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Mayor of Seoul apologises to ‘all people’ in will

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Park Won-soon did not show up for work on Thursday after sending his daughter a ‘will-like’ message.

A will left by Seoul mayor Park Won-soon – reportedly embroiled in sexual harassment allegations and later found dead – said he feels “sorry to all people”.

The 64-year-old’s remains were located near a restaurant in wooded hills in northern Seoul, more than seven hours after the search was launched.

Police said there were no signs of foul play at the site but refused to disclose his cause of death.

Police officers carry the body of Mr Park
Police officers carry the body of Mr Park (Ryu Young-suck/Yonhap/AP)

The note, shown on Korean TV, said: “I feel sorry to all people. I thank everyone who has been with me in my life.

“I am always sorry to my family because I’ve given them only pains. Please cremate my body and scatter around the graves of my parents.”

Some 600 officers were involved in the search
Some 600 officers were involved in the search (Lee Jin-man/AP)

Police said they mobilised about 600 police and fire officers, drones and tracking dogs to search for Mr Park in the hills, where his mobile phone signal was last detected.

He was a longtime civic activist and human rights lawyer and elected Seoul mayor in 2011, later becoming the city’s first mayor to be voted to a third term in June 2018.

A member of President Moon Jae-in’s liberal Democratic Party, he had been considered a potential presidential candidate in 2022 elections.

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