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Preserved remains of missing WW2 couple discovered in melting glacier

July 23rd, 2021

It’s not easy to lose one’s parents.

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It isn’t easy to lose one parent; how much more if you lose both simultaneously? But this is a harsh reality that some of us faces. Losing both parents will always leave a huge void in your life.

This is also the same when your loved ones go missing.

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There are many instances that people have mysteriously disappeared without any trace. Some hire private investigators in the hope of being reunited with their beloved.

Marceline Udry-Dumoulin had the reunion she’s been waiting for all these years, but it’s not as happy as you think it is.

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Marceline’s parents went missing many years ago.

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Marcelin and Francine Duomolin went on a hike to an Alp on August 14, 1942. Unfortunately, they weren’t able to make it back. The police believed that they ran into an accident while hiking over the mountain pass in Bern.

The Alps is known to be an accident-prone area.

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Whether people go to the place to ski or challenge themselves for a climb as a tourist, or (like Marceline’s parents) just want to get to the location for livelihood, the Alps can be a mean place to be. Strong winds and storms are the biggest enemies when you go on a climb there.

The average death toll in the Alps is around 100 per year. That’s a lot.

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According to a Swiss news website, the deadliest accident happened in 1999 when 12 people died. Since the area is an uncontrolled terrain, it is a huge risk to climb there and be unprepared for whatever condition the Alps bring.

Seventy-five years later, an employee of a ski station found the remains.

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He was doing his routine inspection when he found black, charred-looking objects. Seeing them from afar, at first, he thought that they are small rocks. But he thought it is pretty unusual to have that many small stones all in the same place.

He got closer and was surprised by what he saw.

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He saw mess kits, backpacks, a bottle, and some shoes. And, of course, two “mummified” bodies now disintegrated into charred-looking pieces wrapped in interwar-period clothing.

The resort director, Bernhard Tschannen, said that they might have fallen into a crevice in the Tsanfleuron glacier where they were preserved. Until it receded and uncovered the bodies.

They conducted DNA tests for the body and found that they belong to the long-missing couple.

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The authorities immediately informed one of their children, Marceline. She’s happy that she finally gets to be reunited with her parents, although somewhat in a tragic way. However, she said she found calm and peace that her parents’ bodies were found.

Marceline told SWI:

“I feel a real inner peace. I couldn’t put it behind me and kept returning to the glacier… And now my parents have come to me. You can’t imagine how happy I am.”

For Marceline and her family, this means they can finally have closure from their loss.

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They were planning to give the proper Catholic burial; Marceline believes her parents deserve it, and they could all say a proper goodbye.

Learn more about this fascinating story in the video below!

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Source: SWI Swissinfo.ch – English YouTube Channel, The Guardian, Swissinfo.ch, Outside Online

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