Glacier reveals couple
The frozen bodies of a couple who ... side by side on a glacier near a ski lift above the Les Diablerets resort in the Swiss alps. Marcelin and Francine Dumoulin, who were 40 and 37 years old at the time of their disappearance, … 13 minutes ago
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The remains of a Swiss couple missing since World War II have been found in a melting glacier near a resort. Marcelin and Francine Dumoulin were …
Marcelin and Francine Dumoulin were discovered near a ski lift in Dome last week, and Swiss officials later confirmed it was the missing couple.
In August 1942 they went out to milk their cows in a meadow in Switzerland’s Valais region, but never came home.
"We spent our whole lives looking for them, without stopping," Marceline Udry-Dumoulin, their youngest of seven children, told the Le Matin newspaper in Lausanne. “We thought that we could give them the funeral they deserved one day.”
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A worker at the Les Diablerets resort found their bodies near a ski lift on the 2 .5-mile Tsanfleuron glacier — at an altitude of roughly 8,600 feet.
"The bodies were lying near each other. It was a man and a woman wearing clothing dating from the period of World War II,” Bernhard Tschannen, director of ski lift operator Glacier 3000, told Le Matin.
A book, watch and backpack were among the items found on them, police in Valais said Monday.
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The couple possibly fell into a crevasse in the sprawling glacier, where they were trapped for years, Tschannen told the Tribune de Geneve newspaper.
"I can say that after 75 years of waiting for this news gives me a deep sense of calm," Udry-Dumoulin, 79, told Le Matin.
Marcelin, 40, worked as a shoemaker. Francine, 37 at the time and a teacher, never went to milk the cows before because she was often pregnant and couldn’t navigate the terrain, her daughter said.
"It was the first time my mother went with him on such an excursion,” she told Le Matin.
The couple’s death tore apart the lives of their five sons and two daughters.
Udry-Dumoulin added she would wear white instead of black to their funeral.
“It represents hope, which I never lost," she said.
As glaciers melt in recent years, they’ve uncovered remains of climbers long believed to be lost.
In 2012, brothers Fidelis, Cletus and Johann Ebener were discovered after they disappeared in 1926, Le Matin points out.
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