08/15/2011 12:07 pm ET Updated Oct 15, 2011

Kelly Rose Denman, University Of Washington Student, Dies In Italy By Falling From Cliff

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 25-meters (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.

The Seattle-Post Intelligencer reports that Denman was a student at the University of Washington and a member of the Delta Gamma sorority.