Couple Who Vanished 75 Years Ago Found Frozen In Swiss Glacier

The frozen remains of a Swiss couple who went missing 75 years ago in the Alps have been found on a shrinking glacier, Swiss media said on Tuesday.

Marcelin and Francine Dumoulin, the parents of seven children, had gone to feed their cattle in a meadow above Chandolin in the Valais canton on August 15, 1942.

“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 the Lausanne daily Le Matin.

“I can say that after 75 years of waiting this news gives me a deep sense of calm,” added the 79-year-old.

In an overnight statement, Valais cantonal police said that two bodies bearing identity papers had been discovered last week by a worker on Tsanfleuron glacier near a ski lift above Les Diablerets resort at an altitude of 2,615 metres (8,600 feet). The remains were partly submerged in a hole in the ice.

An autopsy and DNA testing would be carried out to confirm the identities of the couple.

“The bodies were lying near each other. It was a man and a woman wearing clothing dating from the period of World War Two,” Bernhard Tschannen, director of Glacier 3000, told the paper.

“They were perfectly preserved in the glacier and their belongings were intact.”

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

The pair were among 280 people listed as missing in the Alps or rivers of the Valais since 1925, officials said.

Bettina Schrag, cantonal head of forensic medicine, told Swiss public radio RTS: “Given the current shrinking of glaciers, we have to expect more and more such findings.”

Marcelin Dumoulin, 40, was a shoemaker, while Francine, 37, was a teacher. They left five sons and two daughters.

“It was the first time my mother went with him on such an excursion. She was always pregnant and couldn’t climb in the difficult conditions of a glacier,” Udry-Dumoulin said.

“After a while, we children were separated and placed in families. I was lucky to stay with my aunt,” she said. “We all lived in the region but became strangers.”

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

The 1952 Tremonton, Utah UFO Fleet (Video)

Tremonton, Utah USA, UFO “Fleet” Color Film of July 2, 1952, a famous film in UFO history.

US Navy Chief Photographer, Warrant Officer Delbert C. Newhouse, his wife and their two childern were driving along a road seven miles from Tremonton on 2-Jul-1952, when they spotted a formation of bright objects, flying against a clear blue sky. He had the chance to use a 16mm camera and telephoto lens to shoot thirty feet (~1600 frames) of film of the objects, which had meanwhile moved further away. (Newhouse interview 1956, Dr.McDonald 1970)

Newhouse, with 2000 hours flying time as an aerial photographer during his 21 years with the Navy, was in effect a professional aerial observer, a unique qualification for making the sighting.

Photo of Officer Newhouse courtesy of

The film was studied at the US Navy’s photo lab at Anacostia (NPIC). Navy film experts made a frame-by-frame analysis that took over one thousand man-hours. They studied the motions of the objects, their relation to each other in the formation, the lighting of the objects, and every other piece of data they could find on the film. It was also studied for three months at the Photo Reconnaissance Laboratory of the Air Force Intelligence in 1952. The analysis, then classified Top Secret, stated:

This film could not be duplicated under simulated conditions. The objects appear to be a light source rather than reflected light. All the objects appear to be the same size and circular in shape. At a distance of five miles, with the movement perpendicular to the line of sight, the average velocity is 653.5 mph. Likewise, at 2.5 miles the average speed is 326.75 mph. The movement in flight appears to follow an elliptical or circular pattern, within the group.While the objects are unidentified, the following possibilities have been eliminated:

  1. Balloons
  2. Aircraft
  3. Birds

The image structure and maneuvers eliminates any type of aircraft. Microscopic examinations show that the objects are in focus and 1/6th to 1/10 the size of the full moon with the naked eye. Photogrammetric experiments have shown that the images cannot be associated with any type of bird observation at any distance.

Despite that, the Robertson Panel commissioned by the CIA in Jan-1953 to look into the UFO subject, dismissed the sighting as birds (seagulls). Details in Major Ruppelt book, Ch.16.