Remains of Mountain Climbers Found After 45 Years
Remains of Mountain Climbers Found After 45 Years

Climbers Found After 45 Years : Swiss identify bodies of missing Japanese mountaineers

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 human bones were found by a climber 2,800 metres above sea level at the foot of the Matterhorn glacier at Valais canton state in September.

They were taken for forensic examination and by putting together DNA profiles experts were able to identify the remains.

The Japanese Foreign Ministry identified the pair as Masayuki Kobayashi, then aged 21, from Tokyo, and Michio Oikawa, then 22, from Chiba, a suburb of Tokyo.

The Japanese Consulate in Geneva helped Swiss police find their relatives in Japan who were able to provide DNA and verify the climbers’ identities.

Both were reported missing on 18 August 1970 when they were caught in a snowstorm while heading to climb the north face of the Matterhorn, according to Japan’s Kydo News service.

Cantonal police spokesman Stephane Vouardoux told Reuters: “They had spent the night before in a hut because they wanted to ascend the north face of the Matterhorn.”

“They were probably surprised by a snow storm when they disappeared. The snow storm lasted a few days which prevented the rescue teams from searching.”

Remains from long-lost mountaineers are often surfaced due to receding glaciers, police have said.

In October, officials in Bern canton found the remains of a Czech man who had been missing since 1974.

Over 500 people have been killed on the Matterhorn, according to Reuters.

The 150th anniversary of the first ascent up the mountain is being marked this year.


  • About News

    Web articles – via partners/network co-ordinators. This website and its contents are the exclusive property of ANGA Media Corporation . We appreciate your feedback and respond to every request. Please fill in the form or send us email to: [email protected]

    Check Also

    Brian Laundrie news: 'We're not wasting our time,' police commander says

    Brian Laundrie news: ‘We’re not wasting our time,’ police commander says

    VENICE, Fla. – Six days into the search for Brian Laundrie, police in North Port …

    Leave a Reply