Bodies of Swiss couple found near popular ski resort after 75 years

Bodies of Swiss couple found near popular ski resort after 75 years

The bodies of Marcelin and Francine Dumoulin were found near to the Les Diablerets resort

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

The bodies of a Swiss couple who vanished 75 years ago have been found near a popular ski resort in the Swiss Alps. 

On August 15 1942, Marcelin Dumoulin - a shoemaker - and his schoolteacher wife Francine had gone to feed their cattle in fields above Chandolin in the canton of Valais.

They never returned, and searches for them failed to reveal their bodies, leaving their five sons and two daughters orphaned. The children were later estranged as they were separated, raised among different families. 

Swiss media reports identity papers were found with the bodies, located on the Tsanfleuron glacier near to Les Diablerets ski resort.

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. 

DNA tests are to be carried out to serve as the final confirmation of the couple's identities.