Swiss cou­ple found on glacier 75 years af­ter dis­ap­pear­ance

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Geneva, Switzer­land - A cou­ple who dis­ap­peared in the Alps 75 years ago has been found pre­served in a re­ced­ing glacier, end­ing decades of un­cer­tainty for their seven chil­dren, Swiss me­dia re­ported on Tues­day.

The bod­ies were found ly­ing near each other in the Di­ablerets mas­sif in south­ern Switzer­land, along with back­packs, a bot­tle, a book and a watch, ac­cord­ing to Le Matin daily.

The head of the Glacier 3000 ski re­sort, Bernard Tschan­nen, told Le Matin that the bod­ies were found last Thurs­day.

“It was a man and a woman wear­ing clothes from the last (world) war,” Tschan­nen was quoted as say­ing. “The ice pre­served them per­fectly and their be­long­ings were in­tact.” He told the pa­per that the cou­ple had likely fallen into a crevasse.

A DNA search has been planned to defini­tively es­tab­lish their iden­ti­ties, but Le Matin quoted Marce­line Du­moulin as say­ing she be­lieved the re­mains were of

her par­ents, who went miss­ing on Au­gust 15, 1942.

Marcelin Du­moulin, a 40 year old shoe­maker at the time, and his wife Francine, a school­teacher aged 37, had left their vil­lage of Chan­dolin to graze their cat­tle in the moun­tain­side. Searches were car­ried out for more than two months but ul­ti­mately the seven or­phans were placed in fos­ter homes.

“We spent our whole lives search­ing for them, with­out stop­ping. We never thought we’d be able to give them the fu­neral they de­served,” said Marce­line Du­moulin, who was four when her par­ents went miss­ing.

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