Look, there may be a long list of negatives about the inevitable onwards march of climate change – including the heat death of the human species – but there’s at least one positive: we’ll probably find the corpses of more lost mountaineers when glaciers melt!

Ah, but seriously. The frozen bodies of a Swiss couple who went missing 75 years ago have been found on a frozen glacier in the Alps.

Marcelin and Francine Dumoulin had gone to feed their cattle in a meadow above Chandolin on August 15, 1942, and never returned. They left behind seven children.

A ski lift worker identified the bodies, which had been revealed by the disappearance of the glacier, and noted the fact they were wearing WW2 era-clothing.

“We spent our whole lives looking for them, without stopping. We thought that we could give them the funeral they deserved one day,” their youngest daughter Marceline Udry-Dumoulin told local newspaper Le Matin.

“I can say that after 75 years of waiting this news gives me a deep sense of calm,” 

An autopsy and DNA test will be carried out to properly identify the bodies, but it seems pretty clear that it is the Dumolins.

“The bodies were lying near each other,” said Bernhard Tschannen, director of ski lift company Glacier 3000, the company whose worker found the bodies.

“We think they may have fallen into a crevasse where they stayed for decades. As the glacier receded, it gave up their bodies.”

“For the funeral, I won’t wear black,” said Udry-Dumoulin. “I think that white would be more appropriate. It represents hope, which I never lost.”

Source: ABC.

Photo: Glacier 3000.