A couple went on a hike in the Swiss Alps in 1942 and never returned. Despite a months-long search, there has been no sign of what happened to them for the past 75 years. Now that the two have been found, their surviving children can breathe a sigh of relief.
Marcelin and Francine Dumoulin went out to tend to their cows that were roaming free near the canton of Bern on August 15th, 1942. Despite the fact that it was a beautiful day, the couple never returned. After their parents disappeared, their seven children were placed in six different homes.
The pair were discovered in July 2017 on the melting Tsanfleuron glacier by a Glacier 3000 tour company employee who noticed something unusual on the ice. He initially assumed it was a collection of rocks. However, further examination revealed two bodies.
The cold, dry conditions preserved both their bodies and their belongings. The two are Marcelin and Francine Dumoulin, according to DNA tests. A pocket watch, a book, and a bottle were discovered on or near the couple. In 1942, a search party was sent out for the two, but it was called off when no trace of them was found.
They are believed to have fallen into a crevice that was then covered in snow, making detection of their bodies impossible until the Tsanfleuron glacier melted and revealed their bodies. Their funeral was attended by their two remaining children as well as their grandchildren. The Dumoulin children are said to have never stopped looking for their parents, frequently walking near the area.