For more than seventy years, a mystery has surrounded the disappearance of a couple that left their home one morning to milk their cows and were never seen again. But now, authorities believe they may be able to solve the mystery surrounding them with the discovery of two bodies in a remote Swiss Glacier. At the time of their disappearance, locals believed that foul play was involved, but an investigation turned up no leads in the case.
Now that may all be changing. Police officials said that last week the bodies believed to be the couple were discovered near a ski lift on the Tsanfleuron glacier, by a worker for the resort company that operates the lift. In addition, their clothes and equipment were also uncovered nearby.
Bernhard Tschannen, director of Glacier 3000, told Reuters, “The bodies were lying near each other. It was a man and a woman wearing clothing dating from the period of World War II. They were perfectly preserved in the glacier and their belongings were intact.”
According to records on the case, Marcelin and Francine Dumoulin left their home in Switzerland’s Valais canton on the morning of Aug. 15, 1942. They were heading to milk their cows on a meadow above, but the couple never returned home. Their youngest daughter Marceline Udry-Dumoulin, now 79, told the Le Matin newspaper of Lausanne, Switzerland, that she and her six siblings never stopped looking for their parents. She added that finding the two bodies has brought her a “deep sense of calm.”
Tschannen told the Tribune de Geneve that the couple likely fell into a crevasse, “where they stayed for decades. As the glacier receded, it gave up their bodies.” Udry-Dumoulin told Le Matin that it was the first time her mother had accompanied her father on the trip. “She was always pregnant and couldn’t climb in the difficult conditions of a glacier.”
Ms. Udry-Dumoulin told the media that she planned to wear white at her parents long-awaited funeral, because, “It represents hope, which I never lost.”