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Bodies found in melting glacier likely couple missing for 75 years

Bodies found in melting glacier likely couple missing for 75 years
Posted at 4:05 PM, Jul 18, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-19 04:55:48-04

(RNN) - In 1942, a Swiss couple went to milk their cows and vanished. Rescuers searched for two months to no avail, the AP reported.

Two bodies discovered in a receding glacier are likely the parents of Marceline-Udry-Dumoulin, 79. She is the youngest of seven children left behind by Marcelin and Francine Dumoulin.

The discovery brought her “a deep sense of calm," she said to Le Matin, the newspaper of Lausanne, Switzerland.

“We spent our whole lives looking for them, without stopping,” she said. “”We thought that we could give them the funeral they deserved one day.”

The bodies believed to be the missing couple were discovered last week by a worker for a resort company.

“The bodies were lying near each other. It was a man and a woman wearing clothing dating from the period of World War II,” said Bernard Tschannen, the director of Glacier 3000. “They were perfectly preserved in the glacier and the bodies were intact.”

Tschannin said the couple apparently fell into a crevasse where they remained for decades, before the melting glacier gave them up. A pending DNA test will help officials positively identify the couple.

“It was the first time my mother went with him on such an excursion,” Udry-Dumoulin told Le Matin. “She was always pregnant and couldn’t climb in the difficult conditions of a glacier

“For the funeral, I will not wear black,” she said. “I think that white would be more appropriate. It represents hope, which I never lost.”

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