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SWITZERLAND — Swiss police identified the remains of two Japanese climbers who disappeared 45 years ago.

The men disappeared during a snowstorm in the Swiss Alps in 1970.  Last September, climbing equipment and skeletal remains were discovered on a glacier on the Matterhorn mountain.   Authorities say long-missing remains sometimes surface as a result of receding glaciers.

Experts were able to use the remains to put together DNA profiles. Officials confirmed the remains were climbers Michio Oikawa and Masayuki Kobahashi who went missing in 1970.