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Mummified bodies could solve 75-year-old Swiss mystery 

In 1942, Marcelin and Francine Dumoulin went to milk the cows and never came back.

Now what could be the mummified remains of the Swiss couple have been found near a Swiss ski resort.

Swissinfo reports that the bodies were discovered by the employee of a nearby ski resort called Glacier 3000.

The employee was performing a routine inspection of an area at an altitude of 2,600 metres when he noticed the blackened corpses.

It is speculated that the couple fell into a crevice on the Tsanfleuron Glacier and that the cold conditions had preserved their bodies. As the glacier has been slowly shrinking, the bodies were revealed.

Although local police have not yet received DNA confirmation of the identity of the bodies, the couple’s youngest daughter, now 79, told The New York Times that the discovery had given her closure.

“You can’t understand the relief this means for me,” Marceline Udry-Dumoulin said in a phone interview. “I didn’t know my parents; I was 4 years old. But to know where they were was always a question in my mind.”

Udry-Dumoulin said that she remembers the day her parents disappeared that on each August 15th, she and some siblings would climb the glacier to pray.

These are not the first bodies to turn up in a Swiss glacier. In 2015, the 45-year old remains of two Japanese climbers were found in the Swiss Alps. And in 2012, four frozen corpses dating back to 1926 turned up in the same region as the Tsanfleuron Glacier.

When accidents such as the ones that befell these people occur, scientists call them “natural mummies”.

Europe’s oldest natural mummy is nicknamed “Ötzi The Iceman” because he was found in the Ötztal Alps. Ötzi was found in 1991 and is estimated to have died in 3300 BCE. Since being discovered, Ötzi has been the topic of much scientific interest.

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