A shrinking glacier may have helped solve a 75-year-old mystery

A Swiss couple went to feed their cows, but never came home.
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Marcelin and Francine Dumoulin went to go feed their cows on Aug. 15, 1942, but never came home.

Now, a shrinking glacier in the western Bernese Alps in Switzerland may hold the answer to what happened.

Two bodies were found Friday on the Tasanfleuron glacier in Switzerland, a state police news release says. They were discovered with a bunch of belongings – including a backpack, watch, and book – that suggest they died decades ago in what police are calling an apparent accident.

And now the rest of the Dumoulin family might finally get an answer.

DNA tests still to come

DNA tests will take a few days to confirm the bodies found on the glacier are in fact Marcelin and Francine Dumoulin, but their youngest daughter is happy for some closure.

"We spent our whole lives looking for them, without stopping. We thought that we could give them the funeral they deserved one day," the Dumoulin's youngest daughter Marceline Udry-Dumoulin, 79, told the Lausanne daily Le Matin.

"I can say that after 75 years of waiting this news gives me a deep sense of calm," Udry-Dumoulin added.

Bernhard Tschannen, the director of Glacier 3000, believes the two people fell into a crevasse, where they remained until the glacier began to recede, Reuters reports.

The Dumoulins are among 280 people listed as missing in the area since 1925, and officials believe that as the glaciers continue to shrink, more and more bodies will be recovered, the publication adds.

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