Longtime Seoul city mayor Park Won-soon was found dead, police said on Friday.
Earlier in the day, Park’s daughter reported him missing, saying that his phone was off and that he had left a message “like a will”.
Police said that his body was found at Mt Bugak in northern Seoul around midnight, near where his phone signal had last been detected. It did not give a cause of death, but said an investigation was under way after a criminal complaint had been lodged against him.
Local media said a former secretary of the mayor had filed a complaint on Wednesday over alleged incidents of sexual harassment.
Park had been the mayor of Seoul since 2011. He was one of South Korea’s most influential politicians and played a key role in the country’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.