Two students die after fall from cliff

Two pupils at the prestigious Leysin American School have died after falling down a cliff. The incident is said to have happened after a party.

This content was published on April 26, 2010 - 10:02

The two boarding school students, an 18-year-old American woman and a 17-year-old Moroccan man, disappeared on Friday afternoon.

Police in the southern canton of Vaud said that the pair were found on Saturday at the foot of a cliff near the town of Leysin.

Officials said at the weekend that both appeared to have drunk alcohol at a student party on Friday and a criminal investigation had been opened to determine the circumstances of their deaths.

Autopsies are being carried out at the university centre of legal medicine in Lausanne to discover if the students' bodies contain traces of alcohol.

A statement said that police were informed when the students failed to appear at final dormitory check-in on Friday. A vigil was held at the school on Saturday evening and a remembrance service on Sunday.

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