BERLIN (AP) — Police say the bodies of what appear to be two people killed in an accident decades ago have been recovered from a glacier in southwestern Switzerland.
Valais canton (state) police say the bodies were found on the Tsanfleuron glacier Friday at an altitude of 8,580 feet. They say the equipment found suggests that they died decades ago, and that formal identification with the help of DNA will take several days.
“The bodies were lying near each other. It was a man and a woman wearing clothing dating from the period of world war two,” Bernhard Tschannen, the director of Glacier 3000. “They were perfectly preserved in the glacier and their belongings were intact.”
Swiss daily Le Matin on Tuesday quoted the suspected victims’ daughter, 79-year-old Marceline Udry-Dumoulin, as saying that her parents set off on foot on Aug. 15, 1942 to feed their animals but never returned.
“We spent our whole lives looking for them, without stopping. We thought that we could give them the funeral they deserved one day.”
Local rescue teams spent more than two months searching crevasses before giving up.