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Remains of Climbers Missing 45 Years Are Found

Japanese duo were trying to scale the Matterhorn
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 6, 2015 2:00 PM CDT
Remains of Climbers Missing 45 Years Are Found
The peak of the Matterhorn moutain is pictured during sunrise July 14, 2015.   (Dominic Steinmann/Keystone via AP)

(Newser) – Two Japanese climbers who went missing 45 years ago and whose bones were found on a glacier under the Matterhorn mountain have been identified, say Swiss police. The remains of the men, whose names have not been released, were found in September by another climber more than 9,000 feet above sea level. Police, who have a list of everyone reported missing since 1925, worked with the men's relatives in Japan to match their DNA profiles. The remains of long-missing mountaineers have increasingly surfaced as a result of receding glaciers. (The body of a climber missing 32 years was found in the French Alps.)

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