Swiss identify glacier bodies as couple missing since 1942

​Swiss police say they've identified two bodies found among an Alpine glacier as a couple missing for nearly 75 years.

Husband and wife last seen heading off on foot to feed their animals

Two bodies found last week among a Swiss glacier have been identified through DNA analysis as Marcelin Dumoulin and his wife, Francine, who went missing Aug. 15, 1942. (Glacier 3000/Keystone/Associated Press)

​Swiss police say they've identified two bodies found among an Alpine glacier as a married couple missing for nearly 75 years.

Valais canton police said Wednesday that forensic experts using DNA analysis identified them as Marcelin and Franine Dumoulin. They were 40 and 37, respectively, when they went missing on Aug. 15, 1942.

The couple's daughter, now 79, has said her parents set off on foot to feed their animals but never returned.

Police were alerted on Friday to the bodies on the Tsanfleuron glacier at 2,615 metres above sea level.

Regional police have a list going back to 1925 of missing people.

They note that, because of climate change, bodies of people missing for decades regularly emerge from receding glaciers.