The mummified remains of a couple who died 75 years ago on top of a mountain in southern Switzerland have been found.
Their frozen bodies were discovered in a glacier in the Diablerets mountains, a report from UK’s Telegraph confirms.
The couple — Marcelin and Francine Dumoulin — left this world in each other’s company; next to the bodies were a book, a watch, a bottle, and their backpacks.
Marcelin Dumoulin, 40 as at the time of death, was a shoemaker; his wife Francine, 37, was a teacher.
Local media outlets in Swiss reported on Tuesday that the deceased couple left behind a total of seven children [five sons and two daughters] on that fateful day when their journey in the Alps began; they had gone to milk their cows on a level grassland located above Chandolin in the Valais canton on August 15, 1942.
Following their mysterious disappearance, the media and concerned authorities carried out thorough searches, but the efforts were fruitless.
Valais cantonal police said in an official statement following the soul-chilling discovery, that two bodies which had identity documents on them were “found last week by a worker on Tsanfleuron glacier near a ski lift above Les Diablerets resort at an altitude of 2,615 metres (8,600 feet).”
Marceline Udry-Dumoulin, the 4-year-old youngest daughter to Marcelin and Francine Dumoulin before they died [now 79 years old], told the Lausanne daily Le Matin: “We spent our whole lives looking for them, without stopping.
“We thought that we could give them the funeral they deserved one day.
“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,” Udry-Dumoulin said.
“After a while, we children were separated and placed in families. I was lucky to stay with my aunt.
“We all lived in the region but became strangers,” she added.
“For the funeral, I won’t wear black. I think that white would be more appropriate. It represents hope, which I never lost.”
DNA testing is yet to be carried out on the corpses to confirm their real identities.
Bernhard Tschannen, director of Glacier 3000 who spoke with the news outlet, said: “The bodies were lying near each other. It was a man and a woman wearing clothing dating from the period of World War Two.”
“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,” Bernhard Tschannen told the daily Tribune de Geneve.