A mystery of a missing couple was finally solved…75 years later.
When a Swiss couple went to milk their cows in the meadow in the Alps on August 15, 1942, they never returned. The missing couple, Marcelin and Francine Dumoulin, who were parents to seven children, went missing, with the children never knowing what happened.
Now, 75 years later, the bodies of the couple were discovered, mummified in a glacier. A worker on the Tsanfleuron glacier made the discovery, finding the bodies of the couple when the glacier melted, side by side near a ski lift above Les Diablerets resort at 8,600 feet.
Their youngest daughter, Marceline, now 79 years old, told the newspaper Le Matin: “It was the first time my mother went with him on such an excursion,” adding, “She was always pregnant and couldn’t climb in the difficult conditions of a glacier.”
When the mother and father didn’t return, teams of people from the village conducted a search but eventually called it off.
Without parents to raise them, the children were split up and went with different families for their care, as Marceline explained: “After a while, we children were separated and placed in families. I was lucky to stay with my aunt. We all lived in the region but became strangers.”
Marceline explained that one of her brothers became a priest and they had a ceremony for their parents on the glacier in 1957. She noted, “We spent our whole lives looking for them, without stopping. We thought that we could give them the funeral they deserved one day.”
Sadly, that funeral has come oh-so-many years later, with Marceline explaining, “For the funeral, I won’t wear black. I think that white would be more appropriate. It represents hope, which I never lost.”
She finally found some peace in discovering what happened to her parents, noting, “I can say that after 75 years of waiting this news gives me a deep sense of calm.”
Among the comments people left on the YouTube video, one person noted: “at last the couple’s relatives have got closure after years of not knowing and I’m sure agonising and wondering \, they can now give them a decent funeral.”
Comments on the National Geographic Facebook page covering the story included a debate about climate change, with one person weighing in with this explanation: “In all honesty this looks more like the planetary temps are returning to normal. I have not seen any other cases of people being frozen then thawing out like this one. Since we know the temps were warmer in the ’20’s then a cooling cycle from now the ’40’s till a decade ago, this is more proof that this is a natural occurrence.”
Further, they noted: “Need to look farther than the end of your nose, the temps had gone way warm and way cold for eons here. And by ‘here’ I mean the planet. Nifty story non the less. WWII proved that some really bad people can screw up millions of good peoples’ lives forever. I would be more interested in how these two actually died as going to feed cattle should not of encased them in ice by itself. Especially if the bodies were not eaten by predators or other wildlife. In cold climates the propensity of having an available meal lying around being eaten is much higher due to scarcity.”