Bodies Of Couple Who Disappeared In 1942 Were Just Found Completely Frozen.

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On Wednesday, Valais canton (state) police in Switzerland confirmed that forensic experts using DNA analysis say two bodies found on a flat part of the Tsanfleuron glacier, which is part of the Diablerets massif 8,580 feet above sea level, were the same couple who disappeared on August 15, 1942.

Marcelin Dumoulin, 40, who was a shoemaker, and his wife, Francine, 37, a teacher, had walked to feed their animals when they disappeared, according to their daughter, Marceline Udry-Dumoulin, who was four at the time and is now 79.

Udry-Dumoulin told the Lausanne daily Le Matin that she and her siblings, all six of whom were older than she, "spent our whole lives looking for them, without stopping. We thought that we could give them the funeral they deserved one day." Local rescue teams took two months to search for the couple, to no avail.

The bodies were discovered near a ski lift on the Tsanfleuron glacier by a worker for an adventure resort company. Reuters reported that Glacier 3000 director Bernhard Tschannen stated, "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." Tschannen told the Tribune de Geneve that his staff thought the couple had plunged into a crevasse, "where they stayed for decades. As the glacier receded, it gave up their bodies."

Bettina Schrag, cantonal head of forensic medicine, told Swiss public radio RTS: "Given the current shrinking of glaciers, we have to expect more and more such findings."

Udry-Dumoulin told Le Matin, "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. 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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