U.S. tourist dies in Italy by falling from cliff

A sailing boat cruises by the high cliffs in front of Portovenere near Lerici, in the Italian Riviera, in a 2010 file photo.

MILAN - A young American tourist has fallen to her death from a window overlooking rock cliffs in the Italian Riviera, police said Monday.

The tourist, identified as 20-year-old Kelly Rose Denman of Colorado, apparently fell out of a window of the room where she was staying in the Cinque Terre region of northwestern Italy early Saturday morning, said police commander Francesco Villa in the town of Vernazza.

Denman had last been seen by a friend when they returned to the room from a night out. Villa said they had been drinking, and the friend was already asleep when Denman apparently perched on the window sill from which she fell.

The cause of death was drowning after falling 80-feet down a rocky cliff, Villa said.

Denman was found in the water about three hours after her friends reported her missing Saturday morning. They were to have departed Italy later that day, following a three-day stay in the Cinque Terre famed for its rugged coastline.