Bodies found in melting glacier likely couple who vanished 75 years ago

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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. (GLACIER 3000/Keystone via 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. (GLACIER 3000/Keystone via AP)

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 2,615 meters (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.

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 searching for them, without stopping. We never thought we'd be able to give them the funeral they deserved,"  Dumoulin, who was four when her parents went missing, told Le Matin.

Local rescue teams spent more than two months searching crevasses before giving up.

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