Seoul Mayor Park Won-sun Reported Missing, Police Search Underway

Police are searching for Seoul Mayor Park Won-sun after he was reported to be missing, police confirmed Thursday.

The mayor's daughter reported Park "had left home four to five hours ago after leaving words like a will, with his phone currently off," according to a police report she filed at around 5:17 p.m. local time, South Korea's Yonhap News Agency reported.

The city government was reported to have canceled one of the mayor's engagements that was to be held at 4.40 p.m. local time Thursday due to "inevitable circumstances," Yonhap reported.

Police were reported to be at Seoul's Sungbuk neighborhood where Park's cell phone signal was last detected, ABC News reported.

Park was reported to have not shown up for work on Thursday for unspecified reasons and canceled all his schedules, which included a meeting with a presidential official at his Seoul City Hall office, according to Kim Ji-hyeong, an official from the Seoul Metropolitan Government, ABC News reported.

Police have mobilized drones and police dogs in the search for Park. The municipal government was reported to also be looking into the latest incident, a city official confirmed, Yonhap reported.

In early June, Park took part in the CAC (Cities Against COVID-19) Global Summit 2020, an online conference, hosted in the South Korean capital. During the conference, Park led a discussion themed around "the world's paradigm shift after COVID-19," according to the city government website.

Newsweek has contacted the mayor's office for more information. This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon November 2011
Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon speaking at a press conference for foreign correspondents in Seoul on November 9, 2011. Getty Images