The bodies of a Swiss couple who went missing 75 years ago have finally been found inside a Swiss glacier.
While a DNA test has yet to be carried out, it is believed the remains belong to 40-year-old shoemaker Marcelin Dumoulin and his wife, 37-year-old schoolteacher Francine, reports The Independent.
The two were found lying in the Diablerets massif in southern Switzerland still with their backpacks, a bottle, a book and a watch, according to Daily Mail.
An employee of cable car company Glacier 3000 found them, HuffPo reports.
“It was a man and a woman wearing clothes from the last [world war],” the head of Glacier 3000, Bernard Tschannen, told Swiss publication Le Matin. “The ice preserved them perfectly and their belongings were intact.”
“We think they may have fallen into a crevasse where they stayed for decades,” he added.” As the glacier receded, it gave up their bodies.”
The couple went missing from their village of Chandolin on Aug. 15, 1942, after leaving to go milk their cows in a pasture above the village.
Their disappearance tore apart their family. For decades, the couple’s seven children lived in uncertainty.
“We spent our whole lives searching for them, without stopping,” said their daughter, Marceline Udry-Dumoulin, who was 4 years old when they went missing. “We never thought we’d be able to give them the funeral they deserved.”
“After a while, we children were separated and placed in families,” she added. “I was lucky to stay with my aunt. We all lived in the region but became strangers.”
While they all embarked upon different paths, none of the siblings ever gave up hope they would one day find their parents.
“I climbed the glacier three times afterwards, always looking for them,” she said. “I kept wondering if they had suffered and what had become of them. I now have the pleasure of having answers to these questions.”
“For the funeral, I won’t wear black,” added Marceline. “I think that white would be more appropriate. It represents hope, which I never lost.”
Upon learning the news, many shared in Marceline’s joy.
“Finally some closure,” wrote one person on the Daily Mail’s Facebook page. “I hope in time you and the other siblings can find each other. Good luck.”
“I’m glad this lady of 79 will have some closure on what happened to her parents when she was a child,” agreed another.
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