On Monday the end was called on a search for Leafil Alforque. What was to be a deadly romantic notion turned deadly as a wave swept a young woman off after she had just accepted a marriage proposal at Proposal Rock in Oregon.
Proposal Rock is located on the coast of Neskowin, Oregon.
Police are not suspecting foul play in the disappearance of Alforque. The young woman from the Phillipines had recently arrived on a visa when Scott Napper, 45, took her to the rock to ask for her hand in marriage.
The couple had dated online since 2005. They had planned on marrying this week but Napper wanted to give her a marriage proposal that she could treasure for her lifetime. Instead the strong waves tore his intended bride from his arms and out to sea.
Alforque, 22, was no match for the sea. She was only 4-foot-11.
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“I turned into it to keep from getting pulled under it,” Napper said. By the time he turned to find Alforque, who was only 4-foot-11, she had been caught by the receding waters.
“She was about 30 feet away, getting swept away,” Napper said.
The 45-year-old Silverton man 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.
“I yelled for her,” he said. “I was praying to God.”
Napper’s cell phone had gotten wet during the ordeal and did not work. Someone on the beach called for help. Emergency personnel was on the scene within minutes.
The search was hindered by dangerous water conditions and fog. In cases like this one the body tends to surface seven to 10 days later. The deputies have closed the search but the investigation remains open.
In a telephone interview with sister Nova Alforque the family hopes that Leafil’s body can be recovered.
“My mother is always crying, day and night,” Nova Alforque said by telephone from the Philippines. “She wants my sister back. Even if she is dead, she wants her body to bury.”