The frozen remains of a Swiss couple that went missing 75 years ago in the Alps have been found on a shrinking glacier, local media has reported.
Marcelin and Francine Dumoulin, the parents of seven children, had gone to feed their cattle in a meadow above Chandolin
An autopsy and DNA testing would be carried out to confirm the identities of the couple.
“The bodies were lying near each other,” Bernhard Tschannen, director of Glacier 3000, told the paper.
“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.
“We think they may have fallen into a crevasse where they stayed for decades. As the glacier receded, it gave up their bodies,” he told the daily Tribune de Geneve.
The pair was among 280 people listed as missing in the Alps or rivers of the Valais since 1925, officials said
Remains of the couple found in ice
Marcelin Dumoulin, 40, was a shoemaker, while Francine, 37, was a teacher — they left five sons and two daughters.
“It was the first time my mother went with him on such an excursion. She was always pregnant and couldn’t climb in the difficult conditions of a glacier,” the daughter said.
Children were separated after parents went missing
After the pair went missing, their children were separated and placed in families, Ms Udry-Dumoulin said.
“I was lucky to stay with my aunt,” she said.
“We all lived in the region but became strangers.”
She said she would not wear black to the funeral.
“I think that white would be more appropriate. It represents hope, which I never lost,” she said.
“We spent our whole lives looking for them without stopping,” their youngest daughter Marceline Udry-Dumoulin, 79, told the Lausanne daily Le Matin.
“We thought that we could give them the funeral they deserved one day.
“I can say that after 75 years of waiting, this news gives me a deep sense of calm.”
Valais cantonal police said in a statement that two bodies bearing identity papers had been discovered last week by a worker on Tsanfleuron glacier near a ski lift above Les Diablerets resort at an altitude of 2,615 metres.
The remains were partly submerged in a hole in the ice. Reuters