On August 15, 1942, Swiss couple Marcelin and Francine Dumoulin were having a seemingly normal day. That day, the couple left behind their six children to milk their cows in a nearby meadow. They never returned home.
Now 75 years later, the same couple’s frozen bodies were found in the Swiss Alps. A nearby worker was undergoing routine maintenance when he noticed them.
Bernhard Tschannen, Glacier 3000 resort director, said, “From afar, it looked like small rocks, but there were too many in the same place.”
When Tschannen got closer, he noticed several accompanying accessories including a backpack, a watch, a glass bottle, mess kits, and boots. The accessories, as well as the Dumoulins' clothing, all dated back several decades to the World War-II era.
According to CNN, the corpses had been preserved in the melting Tsanfleuron Glacier which is located near several popular ski resorts. While formal identification still needs to take place at the Institute of Forensic Medicine, Marcelin and Francine's remaining children are convinced that the remains belong to their missing parents.
79-year-old Marceline Udry-Dumoulin told Swiss paper Le Matin, “We spent our whole lives looking for them, without stopping. We thought that we could give them the funeral they deserved one day. I can say that after 75 years of waiting this news gives me a deep sense of calm.”
For video footage of the area that the Dumoulins were located, watch the video below.