The mayor of South Korea’s capital, Seoul, was found dead early morning Friday local time, a rescue squad member told reporters.
Mayor Park Won-soon was reported missing Thursday by his daughter, according to officials.
The rescue squad member, Shin Joon-Yong, said the team went into Waryong Park, in Seoul, with five rescue dogs. Shin said he spotted a bag and water bottle not far from a hiking track, and then his partner’s sniffer dog found the mayor’s body.
He was wearing what appeared to be hiking clothes at the time he was found, according to Shin.
Police had been using drones and sniffer dogs across the city to locate him.
His daughter told police his phone had been switched off. She also said he gave her a “will-like” message before leaving home, but did not detail what the message was. Police later found a suicide note at his residence.
Officials have not yet commented on the circumstances of his death.