Note of Park Won-soon, via NBC News The influential mayor's body was found close to where his cell phone had last been detected at Mt. Bugak in northern Seoul. Mayor Park's bereaved family said they would take legal action if they continue to spread such messages, saying that the honor of the deceased would be seriously deteriorated.
Park's body was found hours after a massive search for him in the mountain, involving hundreds of policemen and rescuers. It reads: I'm sorry to everyone. I feel sorry to everyone who has been with me in my life.
Police officer Lee Byeong-seok told reporters that Park was last identified by a security camera at 10:53 a.m.at the entrance to the hills, more than six hours before his daughter called police to report him missing.
Also, information released by the police and fire department, from his CCTV records, showed that Park left his residence in Seoul that morning and passed a park in Jongno District, Seoul.
Fire officer Jeong Jin-hyang told reporters on Thursday night that rescuers used dogs to search unsafe areas on the hills.
But anti-Park sentiment also erupted amid media reports that one of his female secretaries had lodged a complaint with police on Wednesday night over alleged sexual harassment over an extend period.
Choi Min-hee, a former lawmaker with the ruling Democratic Party (DP), accused the Justice Party of "politicizing" the issue of mourning the death of the liberal-minded mayor who was in office for a decade.
The capital is home to nearly 10 million people, almost a fifth of South Korea's population.
"South Koreans will now debate the handling of personal misconduct allegations, mental health during the pandemic and the changing leadership landscape".
Reactions were mixed today, including both condolences and criticism that he killed himself to avoid punishment.
Mrs Park was also sentenced to two years for breaching electoral laws. "Please cremate my body and scatter around the graves of my parents".
More than 230,000 people have signed a petition on the president's office website objecting to plans for a five-day funeral for Park, which they argue would be inappropriate given the allegations.
As news of his demise surfaced, dozens of his supporters cried at the Seoul National University Hospital.
He graduated from Dankook University and earned a diploma in global law at the London School of Economics. Park and Ahn had built successful careers as activists who fought for democracy and human rights under the country's past military dictatorship.
As mayor, Park championed city welfare projects and became a symbol of reform.