Melting Glaciers Reveal Missing People and a Whole Lot More
The fate of Marcelin and Francine Dumoulin, a Swiss couple who disappeared 75 years ago, was revealed this month when the Tsanfleuron Glacier in the Swiss Alps receded enough to reveal their long-frozen bodies. It was back in August of 1942 when the couple, a shoemaker and schoolteacher, went out to tend livestock and never came back. A worker found the bodies, along with a water bottle, clothing, a pocket watch, a book, and boots, near a ski lift at an Alps resort.
It is thought that the couple fell into a crevasse. That day was the first time Francine joined her husband for the chore. “She was always pregnant and couldn’t climb in the difficult conditions of a glacier,” said Marceline Udry-Dumoulin, the couple’s youngest daughter. The couple’s seven children were farmed out to various families and grew up separated. Only two are still alive.