Bodies of couple missing since 1942 found in melted glacier

Swiss train company' Glacier 3000 shoes and clothing are visible at a Swiss glacier where two bodies were found.. Police say the bodies of what appear to be two people killed in an accident decades ago have been recovered

In August 1942 they went out to milk their cows in a meadow in Switzerland's Valais region, but never came home.

"I can say that after 75 years of waiting this news gives me a deep sense of calm", she added.

"Everything leads us to think they were trying to get to canton Bern on foot, as people did at that time", he said.

The preserved bodies of Marcelin and Francine Dumoulin were found in the Swiss Alps, huddled close together by the base of a ski lift used by thousands of tourists every day.

The bodies were found lying near each other in the Diablerets massif in southern Switzerland on Thursday, along with backpacks, a bottle, a book and a watch, according to Le Matin daily.

The bodies were perfectly preserved in the glacier and their belongings were intact, according to a witness.

But the couple's youngest daughter, 79-year-old Marceline Udry-Dumoulin, tells Le Matin that the news is already bringing her vast relief.

"We think they may have fallen into a crevasse where they stayed for decades", ski lift operator Bernhard Tschannen told newspaper Tribune de Geneve.

Udry-Dumoulin said she plans to have a proper funeral for her parents, and wear white to represent the hope she never lost.

"We spent our whole lives looking for them, without stopping" she said. A worker stumbled across boots, bottles and clothing protruding from the ice - and, accompanying them, two bodies that police are estimating had been buried there for decades.

They had been identified by their wartime identity papers, with further DNA tests expected to be carried out to confirm their identity. She was always pregnant and couldn't climb in the hard conditions of a glacier.

When the shoemaker and teacher disappeared, teams from the village searched the nearby mountain for two and a half months before they gave up the search, Udry-Dumoulin told the newspaper.

Udry-Dumoulin told Le Matin that it was the first time her mother had accompanied her father on the trip.

They were farmers whose seven children never gave up hope of finding them.

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