French authorities launched an investigation into the disappearance of Interpol president Meng Hongwei, whose wife informed French police that he went missing after returning to his native China last week, local media reported Friday.

Meng, a former government minister, was last seen Sept. 29, his wife said, according to unnamed French police officials cited by France’s Europe 1 radio station. Other police officials also confirmed the investigation to the Reuters news agency.

Interpol — headquartered in Lyon, France — is an international organization facilitating police cooperation across borders. Meng’s wife reported her husband’s disappearance to French authorities because she has been living in France with their children, Europe 1 reported.

A spokeswoman for France’s Interior Ministry, which oversees the national police force, did not immediately respond to a request for independent confirmation. Neither did a spokeswoman for the Lyon prosecutor, which oversees investigations in the region.

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