American student falls to his death in Rome

A 21-year-old American student fell 15 metres to his death during the early hours of Tuesday morning. According to reports, the young man had been sitting on a wall close to the Ponte Sisto on the banks on the Tiber river when he fell.

American student falls to his death in Rome
File photo of the Ponte Sisto in Rome, close to where the American student fell. Photo: zak mc
The young man, identified by La Repubblica newspaper as Andrew Cate Carr, a student at John Cabot University, “may have climbed onto the wall while joking around, then tripped and fell,” according to the chief police officer at Trevi police station.  
Police have interviewed some of the victim’s friends who were present at the scene of the accident.
"We saw a person walk and jump onto the parapet," witnesses told police, before reporting seeing him stumble and fall off the wall.
Police have not yet determined whether the young man had been drinking that night.
Carlo Rienzi, President of Codacons – an Italian association for both the defence of the environment and consumer rights – told La Repubblica that this is the third time that an incident of this kind has occurred on the Tiber embankment in the last five years.

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Body of missing American tourist found in Rome’s River Tiber

The body of a missing 21-year-old tourist was found in the River Tiber on Thursday morning, according to media reports.

Body of missing American tourist found in Rome's River Tiber

Elijah Oliphant, from Dallas, Texas, was on holiday with his family in Rome when he went missing several days ago.

Oliphant’s parents reported his disappearance after he left his hotel room shortly after midnight on May 24th and did not return.

Hotel security footage showed him leaving the premises wearing a white undershirt and pyjama bottoms, which he was wearing when he was found.

Oliphant’s corpse was reportedly spotted by passersby near the Ponte Sisto bridge in Rome’s Trastevere district around 10am on Thursday morning. His body was positively identified by his parents.

Members of the fire brigade and river police who recovered the body say there were no obvious signs of violence, but an autopsy will be conducted to determine the cause of death. Trastevere police are reportedly investigating the matter.

The Oliphant family had arrived in Rome for a holiday on May 23rd. When Elijah went missing the following day, his parents launched an urgent appeal to help find their son.

His disappearance was featured on the missing persons television show, Chi l’ha visto (‘Who’s seen them?’) on May 25th.

Several foreigners have been found drowned in the Tiber in recent years, though there are no indication that any of the incidents are linked.

In 2016, the body of 19-year-old American student Beau Solomon was recovered from the river.

Rough sleeper Massimo Galioto was charged involuntary manslaughter in the case, but was ultimately acquitted in 2020.

Prosecutors said that Galioto pushed Solomon in the course of a violent argument. Galioto’s defense team acknowledged that the two had argued but said the student had accidentally slipped.

In May 2019, 37-year-old Imen Chatbouri, a former athletics champion from Tunisia, was found dead in the Tiber after a night out. CCTV footage later showed she had been pushed from the Ponte Sisto bridge.

A then-26-year-old man whose advances she had rejected earlier that evening was convicted of her murder in November 2021.