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By The Associated Press

Published: Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013, 8:54 p.m.

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.

 

 
 


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