Seoul city mayor found dead; 5-day funeral to be held
Updated: 2020-07-10 07:59:03 KST
Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon, once seen as a potential presidential hopeful, was found dead at around midnight, Korea time, after he went missing earlier on Thursday.
Police have yet to release the cause of death, but they have ruled out foul play.
It has emerged that a former female employee of his had filed a sexual harassment claim against Park just hours before he disappeared, but we don't know if it was a factor in his apparent suicide.
Found near Mount Bugaksan in northern part of Seoul, the 64-year old was reported missing by his daughter after he told her something concerning, didn't report to work and his phone was off.
Considered the second-most influential official in South Korea, Park was Seoul's longest-serving mayor.
Seoul's first vice-mayor for administrative affairs, Seo Jeong-hyup , who will be serving as acting mayor until a by-election is held next April, said the Seoul City government will be running on an emergency service system.
"Every public official will be working as one to ensure city affairs run smoothly. Especially with the COVID-19 situation, the Seoul city government will do its utmost to protect the safety of our citizens.
As for the funeral procedure, the Seoul city government said it will set up a memorial alter outside City Hall, allowing citizens to pay their respects to the late mayor.
A 5-day-long special funeral will be held and Park's coffin will be carried out on July 13th.