July 18, 2017

"After 75 years of waiting this news gives me a deep sense of calm."

Melting glacier reveals Swiss couple who went missing 75 years ago

The mummified remains of a Swiss Couple (Marcelin and Francine Dumoulin) who went missing 75 years ago and who were found in a glacier in the Diablerets mountains, in southern Switzerland. The perfectly preserved bodies lay close to each other, with at their side backpacks, a bottle, a book and a watch.

""They were perfectly preserved in the glacier and their belongings were intact.We think they may have fallen into a crevasse where they stayed for decades. As the glacier receded, it gave up their bodies," said Bernhard Tschannen, director of Glacier 3000.

Marcelin Dumoulin, 40, was a shoemaker, while Francine, 37, was a teacher. They left five sons and two daughters
on that August day in 1942 when they went to milk their cows in a meadow above Chandolin in the Valais canton.

 Chandolin Swsuisse
Chandolin in south-western Switzerland. The bodies of Marcelin and Francine Dumoulin were found 75 years
after they went missing in the meadows above the village.

Their youngest daughter Marceline Udry-Dumoulin, now 79, said in an interview:

"We spent our whole lives looking for them, without stopping. We thought that we could give them the funeral they deserved one day. ...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."

"I can say that after 75 years of waiting this news gives me a deep sense of calm.... For the funeral, I won't wear black. I think that white would be more appropriate. It represents hope, which I never lost."
Posted by Jill Fallon at July 18, 2017 11:30 AM | Permalink