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

Marcelin and Francine Dumoulin had gone to milk their cows in a meadow above Chandolin in the Valais canton in southern Switzerland on 15 August, 1942.

Speaking to Le Matin, the couple's youngest daughter Marceline Udry-Dumoulin said: "We spent our whole lives looking for them, without stopping.

"We thought that we could give them the funeral they deserved one day.

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

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.

DNA testing was 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.

Marcelin Dumoulin, 40, was a shoemaker, while Francine, 37, was a teacher.

"It was the first time my mother went with him on such an excursion," Ms Udry-Dumoulin said.

"She was always pregnant and couldn't climb in the difficult conditions of a glacier.

"After a while, we children were separated and placed in families," 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," she said.