Case of jewels found on French mountain
PARIS — A French mountain climber stumbled upon a case of dozens of cut jewels, worth hundreds of thousands of dollars — believed to be debris from one of two Air India crashes decades ago, police said.
Police Cmdr. Sylvain Merly of France's Savoie region said the experienced Mont Blanc climber, who asked to stay anonymous, found the box marked “Made in India” while scaling one of the peak's glaciers. He turned in the case on Sept. 9. Authorities hope to find someone linked with its owner, presumed to have been a passenger on one of two jets that crashed in 1950 or 1966.
Merly said on Thursday that the metal box, slightly smaller than a shoe box, was filled with small bags of loose jewels, mostly emeralds and sapphires. Merly said debris from the Air India crashes regularly rises to the surface on Mont Blanc.
“Things come up from the glaciers,” Merly said. “They're always moving.”
Merly said the climber's decision to turn over the box immediately “means that there are still honest people.”
“He could have kept them but he chose to turn them in because he knew they belonged to someone who probably perished,” Merly said.
It wasn't immediately clear what would happen to the jewels if nobody claimed them.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- France hails 130 victims of Paris terrorist attacks
- Civilian officers slain by gunmen in southern Mexico
- Suicide bomber targets crowd of Shiites in Nigeria
- In Uganda, Pope Francis pays tribute to nation’s martyrs
- Palestinian artist who appealed blasphemy sentence of 800 lashes, prison sentenced to execution
- Watchdog counts $1 billion wasted in Afghanistan
- France honors attack victims in city subdued by mourning
- Mexico seizes El Chapo’s planes, cars, houses
- French lawmakers vote to continue airstrikes against Islamic State
- Russia’s crackdown in predominantly Muslim region fuels exodus to ISIS
- Philippines reappraises hoard of Marcos jewelry