Swiss identity glacier bodies as couple missing since 1942

In this photo released by the Swiss train company ' Glacier 3000' shoes and clothing are visible at a Swiss glacier where two bodies were found.
In this photo released by the Swiss train company ' Glacier 3000' shoes and clothing are visible at a Swiss glacier where two bodies were found.

Swiss police say they have formally identified two bodies found on an Alpine glacier as those of a couple missing for nearly 75 years.

Valais canton police said that forensic experts using DNA analysis identified the two as Marcelin Dumoulin and his wife, Francine. They were 40 and 37, respectively, when they disappeared on August 15, 1942.

The couple's daughter, now 79, has said her parents set off on foot to feed their animals, but never returned.

Police were alerted on Friday to the bodies on the Tsanfleuron glacier at 2,615 metres (8,580 feet) above sea level.

Regional police have a list going back to 1925 of missing people.

They note that, because of climate change, bodies of people missing for decades regularly emerge from receding glaciers.