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South Korean capital Mayor found dead after writing an apology to ‘everyone’.

One of South Korea’s most prominent elected officials and longtime mayor of the capital Seoul was found dead on Friday after he was reported missing by his daughter amid a criminal probe and media reports of alleged sexual harassment.

Officers using drones and sniffer dogs found Mayor Park Won-soon’s body at Mt Bugak in northern Seoul shortly after midnight following a search involving hundreds of police, the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency said.

There was no sign of foul play and police did not give a cause of death.

The apparent suicide came after one of Park’s former secretaries filed a complaint on Wednesday alleging the 64-year-old had sexually harassed her, the Yonhap news agency reported.

Police confirmed a criminal complaint had been made against Park but did not elaborate on the nature of the allegations.

“I apologize to everyone,” Park wrote in a note left on his desk and released by the city government with the permission of his family.

“I thank everyone who was with me in my lifetime. I am so sorry to my family, to whom I have only caused pain.”


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