A couple that disappeared in the Alps 75 years ago has been found preserved in a receding glacier, ending decades of uncertainty for their 7 children. Bodies were found lying near each other in the Diablerets massif in southern Switzerland, along with backpacks, a bottle, a book and a watch. The head of Glacier 3000 ski resort, Bernard Tschannen, told that the bodies were found last Thursday.
‘It was a man and a woman wearing clothes from the last (world) war. The ice preserved them perfectly and their belongings were intact’ Tschannen said. Marcelin Dumoulin, a 40 years old shoemaker at time and his wife Francine, a schoolteacher aged 37, had left their village of Chandolin to milk their cows in a meadow above Chandolin in the Valais canton on August 15, 42′. The couple never returned from their trip and Tschannen told that the couple had likely fallen into a crevasse. A DNA search has been planned to definitively establish their identities, but Marceline Udry-Dumoulin told that she believed the remains were of her parents, Marcelin and Francine Dumoulin. ‘We spent our whole lives searching for them, without stopping. We never thought we’d be able to give them the funeral they deserved’ Dumoulin, who was 4 when her parents went missing, said Le Matin. ‘I can say that after 75 years of waiting this news gives me a deep sense of calm’ added the 79 years old. Searches were carried out for more than 2 months but ultimately the seven orphans, 5 boys and 2 girls, were placed in foster homes. ‘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. 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. For the funeral, I won’t wear black. I think that white would be more appropriate. It represents hope, which I never lost’ Udry-Dumoulin said.