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. Bayousara

    This man lives close to me on the south Oregon Coast. I pass his pasture and farm at least once a week. His family is devastated by this incident and the vicious comments are uncalled for. I am a true believer in what goes around comes around, so those of you making "catchy" little comments might see your day of hell. This guy was loved by his family and friends, who will never really know what happened to him.

    October 2, 2012 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • GRS62

      Thank you for stating what most people are thinking when they read those childish jokes at the expense of another's misfortune. Unfortunately, the "me" generation thinks nothing of hurting others behind the anonymity of an online post. That is, until something happens to them.

      October 2, 2012 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • EuphoricCrest

      If you really are a "true believer in what goes around comes around." then you know what happened to the farmer and why. It's called "karma."

      October 2, 2012 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Abu Bob

      You are living near a modern day "Animal Farm"...four legs good...two legs bad...

      October 8, 2012 at 7:30 am | Report abuse |
  2. BOMBO ©

    Why don't we combine the two stories that have been getting so many over-the-top comments. How would you all feel if that Michigan welfare-lottery winner was eaten by hogs?

    October 2, 2012 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Let it Be

    This didn't surprise me. Growing up my grandfather had a large farm in northern PA. Cows, chickens, horses, pigs. Pigs will eat ANYTHING. The difference was that he never let any of his hogs get above 300 pounds and that was pushing it for him. These animals will knock you down, step on you, and bite. We never went into the pen with them and neither did he. He always fed them from outside of the enclosure by dumping their food over it.

    October 2, 2012 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Joseph of Jerusalem

    It is Josh then!

    October 2, 2012 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Hogan's Goat

    Then some of the pigs came here to post.

    October 2, 2012 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  6. amanda

    this is the best quote ever! i loved that book

    October 2, 2012 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Crys

    I'm very sorry about those experiencing a loss after this man's death. I, however, am not a very nice person when I thought, "And neighbors told authorities that they heard chanting, 'Four legs good; Two legs bad!" from the vicinity of Mr. Garner's farm."

    October 2, 2012 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Lawless4U

    Thats the problem with hogs...........they are intelligent and worse yet they believe they are equals to humans.

    Dogs look up to us, cats look down on us and pigs think this stuff up.

    October 2, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Brian

    What do you think was going to happen to those pigs eventually? You think they were being kept as cherished family pets? No, they were all destined for the slaughterhouse.They saw what was coming and decided to eat the farmer before he sent them off to be killed themselves. Karma, anyone?

    October 2, 2012 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • BOMBO ©

      Maybe they were destined for a petting zoo, you don't know. But, forget that now, I guess.

      October 2, 2012 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Brian

    LOL, you are absolutely right. That is her spitting image up there...

    October 2, 2012 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  11. GaGirlStuckInPA

    This is a little too Hannibal for me....

    October 2, 2012 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Anon

    Sounds like a Hannibal Lecter movie!!

    October 2, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Ken

    Reminds me of the film Hannibal.

    October 2, 2012 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Joe Mattern

    This could be a simple case of Hog VS Farmer "Revenge", as the farmer previously did accidentally step on a piglet.

    October 2, 2012 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  15. no nothing

    "Beware of a man that keep hogs". That is what the gangster said in the movie, oh I forgot the name of that movie.

    October 2, 2012 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • BOMBO ©

      You're not allowed to post the name. I tried. It is blocked by CNN. It is a 6 letter word beginning with a "s". To steal something, quickly. Or, female private parts.

      And the character's name is Brick Top.

      October 2, 2012 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • ygnabb

      @no nothing: love your clues 😀

      October 2, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
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