Melting Swiss Glacier Reveals Bodies of Mountaineers Missing for 75 Years

Bodies of two hikers dead for 70 years found on Swiss glacier

The perfectly-preserved bodies of a married couple have been found on a shrinking glacier 75 years after going missing in the Swiss Alps.

The regional police force told local media the bodies were discovered last week, near a ski lift on the Tsanfleuron glacier, by a worker for an adventure resort company. They say the equipment found suggests that they died decades ago, and that formal identification with the help of DNA will take several days.

They had gone to milk their cows in a meadow above Chandolin in the Valais canton on 15 August 1942 and never returned.

Udry-Dumoulin said this was the first time her mother accompanied her father on such a trip, since she had spent numerous prior years pregnant.

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"The bodies were lying near each other. It was a man and a woman wearing clothing dating from the period of World War II", Glacier 3000 director Bernhard Tschannen told Le Matin.

Valais cantonal police said they believed the couple fell into a crevice, and could only be found when the glacier had receded - 75 years later. "She was always pregnant and couldn't climb in the hard conditions of a glacier". "They had five daughters and two sons", - said in the message.

"After a while, we children were separated and placed in families". I was lucky to stay with my aunt, ' she said. "We all lived in the region but became strangers".

'For the funeral, I won't wear black. "This is to represent hope, which I never lost".

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