Two bodies discovered in the Swiss Alps are believed to a couple who went missing in 1942. A Swiss couple, Marcelin and Francine Dumoulin embarked on a trek of the mountain range in August 1942 but were never seen again.
The pair, a teacher and a shoemaker, were reported missing and a major search began. Rescue teams from the village searched for two and half months but found nothing.
Now, two bodies have been discovered in the area where they were reported missing. The bodies are believed to be wearing clothes from the 1940s, which would indicate a strong possibility that it is the couple in question.
The gruesome discovery was made by a worker from a ski lift company when a glacier began to reveal its hidden secret.
The couple’s daughter, Marceline Udry-Dumoulin, told local 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.” She added, “I can say that after 75 years of waiting, this news gives me a deep sense of calm.”
The bodies were discovered by a matter of chance. A worker for Glacier 3000, which operates ski lifts in the Swiss Alps, believed he saw to black rocks he had not noticed before. On further inspection, he realised that the rocks were, in fact, bodies.
Forensic experts were dispatched to the scene, who broke through the ice. A number of personal items belonging to the missing couple were uncovered.
The discovery is believed to have been aided by the effects of global warming. Melting glaciers are a significant side-effect of the impact which global warming is having on colder regions.
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Across the world, glaciers are melting. Mount Kilimanjaro has lost 80% of its snow since 1912. Glaciers in central and eastern Himalayas are expected to all but disappear by 2035. Ice levels in the Arctic Circle are decreasing rapidly.
These are not the first bodies to be found encased in ice. Two American mountaineers, Alex Lowe and David Bridges, who had been missing since 1999, were discovered in a glacier in Tibet last year.
As more glaciers begin to melt, the possibility of missing mountaineers being discovered increases. Mountain climbing, at the highest level, can be a dangerous sport. Many fatalities are reported each year, often with bodies remaining unfound. This could change as the impact of global warming takes hold.