Interpol president reportedly missing in China; French police investigating

He is a senior Communist Party official in China.

LONDON -- French police are investigating the disappearance of the president of Interpol during a trip to China, authorities said.

“An investigation has been opened by French police about the disappearance of the Chinese president of Interpol,” a French official told ABC News.

Interpol, which coordinates worldwide policing efforts, says it is aware of media reports in connection with Hongwei’s disappearance.

In a statement, the organization said: “This is a matter for the relevant authorities in France and China. The Secretary General is the Organization’s full time official responsible for the day to day running of Interpol.”

Hongwei, 64, was elected president of Interpol in November 2016. His term is due to run until 2020.

He is a senior Communist Party official in China and has formerly served as the deputy head of public security.