A worker found the frozen bodies of a man and a woman last week during routine maintenance. The corpses were preserved in the now receding Tsanfleuron glacier, near a slew of trendy ski resorts at 2,600 meters (8,500 feet) above sea level.
Decked in World War II-era clothing, the duo was frozen close together. Their bodies have since been air lifted from the Alps.
“We spent our whole lives looking for them, without stopping. We thought that we could give them the funeral they deserved one day,” she said.
But that was the last Monique would see of her parents, whose disappearance left her to care for her young sisters and brothers.
Their mother, a schoolteacher, and father, a shoemaker, likely fell into a crevice of the glacier, where their bodies were preserved.
The Institute of Forensic Medicine will seek to formally identify the bodies, through DNA tests, but the couple’s children are convinced they are their missing parents.