Bride-to-be vanishes near Neskowin Beach
By Desiree Aflleje, The Oregonian Wednesday December 03, 2008, 9:31 PM
…Napper said Proposal Rock was the spot he wanted to ask for Alforque’s hand in marriage ceremonially and give her the ring that waited in his pocket.
Alforque had arrived in Silverton just three days earlier on a fiancee visa from the Philippines. It was her first visit to the Oregon coast.
At some point during the walk to the rock, the two let go of each other’s hands. From the angle they took walking toward the formation, Napper said, “you can’t see the waves coming in.”
About 10 feet from the rock, a wave 2- to 3-feet high suddenly came toward them.
“I turned into it to keep from getting pulled under it,” he said. The water receded in a few seconds, and he turned to look for the diminutive Alforque, 4-foot-11 and 93 pounds. By then, he said, “She was about 30 feet away, getting swept away.” Leafil Alforque
He said he immediately tore off his jacket to get rid of any extra weight, and when he looked up again she was gone.
“That’s the last I saw of her,” he said Wednesday, breaking into tears.