Meng Hongwei, a senior Communist Party official, former national security chief and China's first-ever chief of Interpol, has been disappeared inside his country and Interpol has no idea what has happened.
Meng Hongwei, president of Interpol, giving a speech in 2017.
Many global observers were alarmed by Meng's election as president of Interpol in 2016, worrying that he might shift the worldwide policing organization's focus and resources over to investigations favored by Beijing, such as hunting down political dissidents or outspoken tycoons who had fled China. It did not say why.
The statement was the first official word on the fate of 64-year-old Meng since French judicial officials said he was missing Friday.
The Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, the Chinese Communist Party's secretive internal investigation agency, had no announcements on its website about Meng and could not be reached for comment.
She's received no news from her husband since, and doesn't know what has happened to him, AP said.
Four minutes before Meng shared the image, he sent a message saying "wait for my call", she said. The agency said Saturday it has used law enforcement channels to inquire with China about Meng's status, citing concerns for his safety.
The wife of missing Interpol president Meng Hongwei has said he sent her an image of a knife before he disappeared in China.
Last week, his wife, Grace Meng, reported him as missing to French police, explaining that she had not heard from her husband since he arrived in China the week before.
Earlier, his wife, Grace Meng, told journalists she thought he was in danger. Ms Meng said he sent her an image of a knife that day, which she thought was a warning that he was in danger.
She said: "As long as I can't see my husband in front of me, speaking to me, I can't have any confidence".
Meng had lived with his wife and two children in Lyon since being elected Interpol president in 2016.
Grace Meng wouldn't speculate on Sunday on what might have happened to him.
She gave a statement about her husband's disappearance at a hotel in Lyon, while keeping her back to the camera's to hide her face as a safety precaution, The New York Times reported. She said she feared for his life.
It's unclear what French police will now do with their investigation into Meng's "disappearance".
"Interpol is aware of media reports in connection with the alleged disappearance of Interpol President Meng Hongwei".
She added: "This is a matter for the worldwide community".
Because Interpol's secretary general is responsible for the day-to-day running of the agency's operations, Meng's absence may have little operational effect.