Farmer eaten by his own hogs
October 2nd, 2012
08:02 AM ET

Farmer eaten by his own hogs

Authorities in Oregon are investigating how a hog farmer was eaten by his animals.

The remains of Terry Vance Garner, 70, were found in his hog enclosure Wednesday, according to local news reports Monday.

The farmer had gone to feed the hogs, some weighing as much as 700 pounds, about 7:30 a.m., according to a report from CNN affiliate KMTR. After Garner was not seen for several hours, a family member went to check on him and found his dentures in the hog pen. Other remains were found, but the hogs had eaten most of the farmer, according to the report.

The sheriff's department is looking into the death.

"Due to the unusual circumstances, the Sheriff's Office is investigating to determine if foul play may have resulted in the death of Mr. Garner," Coos County District Attorney Paul Frasier told CNN affiliate KVAL.

“For all we know, it was a horrific accident, but it’s so doggone weird that we have to look at all possibilities,” the Eugene Register-Guard quoted Frasier as saying.

Garner could have suffered a heart attack and fallen in the pen, or the hogs could have knocked him off his feet and then eaten him, Frasier told the newspaper.

The state of the remains made determining a cause of death difficult, according to the news reports. They had been sent to the University of Oregon and examined by a forensic anthropologist, the report said.

The farmer's brother, Michael Garner, told the Register-Guard that one of the sows had bitten the farmer last year after he accidentally stepped on a piglet.

“He said he was going to kill it, but when I asked him about it later, he said he had changed his mind,” Garner said.

Garner told the Register-Guard his brother was a Vietnam veteran who suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder. The farm was "a life-saver," he said.

“Those animals were his life,” Garner told the Register-Guard.

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  1. Philip

    I grew up on a farm and we also ranched 5,000 sheep. Acourse we had a few hogs, goats, cows, etc. That pen full of 600 lb. sows will eat you if given the chance is one of the first things farm children are taught about pigs. So this story is not amazing nor mysterious to me, unless of course investigators find foul play. (no offense, chickens)
    Over 500 US children go missing and never seen or heard from again each and every single day in the USA. What happens to them cannot be explained by our thriving child s ex market where children are kidnapped and sold to pervs.
    I have a hunch many are eaten by domestic animals like pigs and boa snakes, but are just reported as "missing" by their parents. What you say?

    October 2, 2012 at 8:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Frank

      Having grown up on a farm as well, hogs have a tendency to chew anything they can get their mouths on. We would clip pigs tails when young, because if you didn't the hogs will chew each others tails off. Domesticated hogs aren't aggressive and violent by nature unless you go after their young. I had heard of any incident where a farmer had a heart attack, and collapsed in the hog pen. The hogs started chewing, but fortunately he was saved and revived before that hogs inflicted life threatening injuries.

      October 2, 2012 at 8:53 am | Report abuse |
  2. Philip

    ...this would also explain why owners of large snakes actually take their lifelong pet and drop her off in the everglades to fend for herself. You don't see people doing that with other lifelong pets that don't eat children.

    October 2, 2012 at 8:23 am | Report abuse |
  3. jay

    who let the hogs out-oink, oink,oink, oink

    October 2, 2012 at 8:45 am | Report abuse |
  4. Frank in Pensacola, FL

    I thought this was another CNN campaign article about Rmoney and the all the specialty "pork barrel" concessions he's made throughout the last 18 months, changing his tune and his "beliefs" every few months. Gotta love the last line of the article though – "Those animals were his life."

    October 2, 2012 at 8:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Loukiii

      Yeah Obama doesnt do any of that stuff huh.

      October 2, 2012 at 9:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Jack from Tennessee

      Nice one Frank.... HA HA!!!!

      October 2, 2012 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
  5. Trebor Zteb

    500 children a day? Are you sure about those statistics?

    October 2, 2012 at 8:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Claude Gothic

      I missed that, thought it said every year...

      October 2, 2012 at 8:51 am | Report abuse |
  6. Claude Gothic

    Nothing wrong with those hogs getting a little revenge, surely they're going to be eaten by humans at some point. Nobody raises pigs for milking!
    Philip, I think those unfortunate children are either murdered or start new lives away from abusive parents, I don't think they're eaten by pets. People dump off snakes because they get so big the owners are either scared of them or can't take care of them, happened to a friend of mine and his wife made him just drop the thing (burmese python) off.

    October 2, 2012 at 8:49 am | Report abuse |
    • DoggSho

      Not anymore because anytime an animal is highly suspected in attacking and inflicting serious bodily harm or death to a human being, at the conclusion of any investigations, the animal is destroyed; how much more so when human consumption is factored in. Just think, and use common sense; it's totally unsacred(ly) -desecration(al) to to serve ham, bacon and pork chops of a sow that has consumed a live or dead human person's body.

      October 2, 2012 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
  7. Big Bear

    The pigs getting revenge! All of you who enjoy ham, bacon, ribs (as I do).... they are bringing their revenge on the human race. Just it will take a really long time to even it out. 🙂

    October 2, 2012 at 8:50 am | Report abuse |
  8. josie MO

    Hogs eat everything, this is not surprising at all. I've seen full grown hogs devoured alive by their herd-mates and it wasn't because the hogs were starving. It's just one of those things where the clueless soccer moms will come in and whine about how "terrible and unexpected " it was, but every farmer knows it's just something that happens.

    October 2, 2012 at 8:52 am | Report abuse |
    • You saw what?

      Where on earth did you watch that happen? Where you drink pig milk at the time?

      October 2, 2012 at 9:03 am | Report abuse |
  9. asdf1984

    It seems fowl play can be ruled out.

    October 2, 2012 at 8:53 am | Report abuse |
  10. Kurt

    Right out of "Hannibal".

    October 2, 2012 at 8:55 am | Report abuse |
  11. pzazz

    I slso grew up on a farm There were 2 rules with the pigs. 1. Don't go in ot near the pig pen unless it is to feed him. 2,Never let the pig get hungry.

    October 2, 2012 at 9:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Jared

      We had a third. Never go into the pigpen alone. All that had to happen was to get knocked over and knocked out for a moment.

      October 2, 2012 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Von

      Same here, my grandma slipped in the pig pen and one of the big ones charged her. He was trying to chew through her shirt when she gutted him with her boot knife. Kind of gory, but he tasted good 🙂

      October 7, 2012 at 5:00 am | Report abuse |
  12. nc_mike

    Did they have eggs and grits with that?

    October 2, 2012 at 9:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Keel Hauler

      Aaarrggghhh!

      October 2, 2012 at 9:07 am | Report abuse |
  13. @Frank in Pensacola

    Can it. Since the internet generation arrived, we ALL know that there are crooks on both sides of Congress. It matters not if you call yourself D or R. You are either a womanizing lying cheating bassterd, or yer not.

    October 2, 2012 at 9:05 am | Report abuse |
  14. Vadim

    no wonder why pigs not kosher

    October 2, 2012 at 9:05 am | Report abuse |
  15. kkoleclaw

    Tough investigation. No one's squealing.

    October 2, 2012 at 9:06 am | Report abuse |
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