Police are investigating after a 39-year-old woman mysteriously plunged 50 metres to her death from a clifftop at a popular tourist destination in Italy.
A reportedly keen hiker, Monica Perra often climbed the Devil's Saddle in Cagliari, on the island of Sardinia, but her latest walk ended in tragedy on March 27 when something went horribly wrong.
The woman plunged 50 metres and died instantly when she landed on rocks, local media reported. Another hiker spotted her body and called the emergency services.
First responders had to arrive by sea because the spot where she fell was too difficult to access by land.
When the teams reached her, they could only confirm her death. Her body was then transferred to the Sardinian capital.
According to family, nature and outdoor walks were Monica's passion, often taking on difficult tracks.
Police continue to investigate the untimely death. The reported lines of investigation include the possibility a strong wind contributed to her fall, a misstep that caused her to lose her footing, and suicide. An autopsy is still to be performed on her body as part of the probe.
The 39-year-old is survived by her parents and a brother.
The Sella del Diavolo – or Devil's Saddle – is one of the most famous landmarks in Cagliari, a strip of land right outside of the city, separating Poetto beach from Calamosca Beach
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