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Bodies of Swiss couple missing for 75 years found on glacier

The frozen bodies of a Swiss couple who went missing 75 years ago in the Alps have been found on a shrinking glacier, Swiss media said.

Marcelin and Francine Dumoulin, the parents of seven children, had gone to milk their cows in a meadow above Chandolin in the Valais canton on 15 August 1942.

“We spent our whole lives looking for them, without stopping. We thought that we could give them the funeral they deserved one day,” their youngest daughter, Marceline Udry-Dumoulin, 75, told the Lausanne daily Le Matin.

“I can say that after 75 years of waiting this news gives me a deep sense of calm.”

Valais cantonal police said 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 (8,600ft).

DNA testing would be carried out to confirm their identities.

“The bodies were lying near each other. It was a man and a woman wearing clothing dating from the period of world war two,” Bernhard Tschannen, the director of Glacier 3000, told the paper.

“They were perfectly preserved in the glacier and their belongings were intact.”

He told theTribune de Geneve: “We think they may have fallen into a crevasse where they stayed for decades. As the glacier receded, it gave up their bodies.”

Marcelin Dumoulin, 40, a shoemaker, and Francine, 37, a teacher, 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,” 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.”

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20 Comments


  1. bobcobble

    July 18, 2017 at 7:35 pm

  2. pineapple_killed_JBR

    July 18, 2017 at 7:35 pm

    Wow, what an amazing discovery… and to be able to have a funeral at age 75 for your parents who disappeared you were a newborn. I’m glad that they received answers as to what happened. Very sad that the children didn’t have the opportunity to be raised together, though.

  3. AsianMikey

    July 18, 2017 at 7:35 pm

    Assuming the body are well preserved, isn’t it weird that the children are much “older” than their parents

  4. Chokersandbuttstuff

    July 18, 2017 at 7:35 pm

    To think their youngest daughter, now aged 75, mustn’t have been more than a year old when her parents disappeared is heart wrenching. Her dedication and hope in finding her parents is heart warming though.

  5. Sick-Girl

    July 18, 2017 at 7:35 pm

    That is so sad that the siblings became strangers. Their whole little family was broken up because of their fall. I’m curious how far up or down or around or whatever they climbed to get to these cows. Sounds like they went pretty far?

  6. TheMexicanJuan

    July 18, 2017 at 7:35 pm

    Reminds me of the article about the discovery of WWI soldiers who died in the Italian Alps. They were only exposed due to climate change.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/history/world-war-one/10562017/Melting-glaciers-in-northern-Italy-reveal-corpses-of-WW1-soldiers.html

  7. iampieman

    July 18, 2017 at 7:35 pm

    “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.” Damn, this hit me hard. Poor kids. I wonder who decided which kids stayed with close family and which were sent to other places. Sad case.

  8. Hcrtleys

    July 18, 2017 at 7:35 pm

    i’m … really having difficulty discerning the position that their bodies are in. they look so tangled.

  9. littlelifterlass

    July 18, 2017 at 7:35 pm

  10. Quinnel

    July 18, 2017 at 7:35 pm

    I can’t even begin to imagine how horrifying it might have been for them to have survived the fall. I can only hope they died on impact so they didn’t have to think about their children.

  11. tiredfaces

    July 18, 2017 at 7:35 pm

    Hey Shark-Farts, this is a super important story and I’m glad you shared it, but really I just wanted to congratulate you on a hilarious name. It made me crack up at my desk, so thanks for that!

  12. oh-just-another-guy

    July 18, 2017 at 7:35 pm

    > 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.”

    Impressive attitude!

  13. ohhwerd

    July 18, 2017 at 7:35 pm

    *We all lived in the region but became strangers.*

    Dam that is just heartbreaking

  14. TiredUnicorn

    July 18, 2017 at 7:35 pm

    I guess you could call it…👓 a COLD CASE 😎

  15. LeFedora420Swag

    July 18, 2017 at 7:35 pm

    global warming *isn’t* so bad after all!

  16. Scorpius289

    July 18, 2017 at 7:35 pm

    > She was always pregnant

    Wait what?
    Is that a typo?

  17. ablackminute

    July 18, 2017 at 7:35 pm

    Awful way to die

  18. Sovereign_Curtis

    July 18, 2017 at 7:35 pm

    The real mystery is why their farm was setup to contain a deadly danger on the short walk between the house and the milking barn…

    Or did they keep their cows up on top of some Alpine peak?

    I’m going to need a diagram.

  19. jaykhunter

    July 18, 2017 at 7:35 pm

    > “they may have fallen into a crevasse where they stayed for decades. As the glacier receded, it gave up their bodies.”

    So… thanks Global Warming!

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    July 18, 2017 at 7:35 pm

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