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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soundoff (641 Responses)
  1. boyamidumb

    Well, turn about is fair play wouldn't you say. SUUuuuuuuuuuuuuuuMEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

    October 2, 2012 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  2. rjack

    Jokes aside, pigs/hogs are some of the most dangerous of animals, intelligent and will kill and eat you. This is a problem with feral hogs that are released all over now as they are very dangerous.

    October 2, 2012 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  3. lou50

    This fellow was an American with a Vietnam connection that worked for a living so I can see where the DNC had their hogs take him out! After all they call that type of person a terrorist, not to mention a profile that Home Land security uses.

    October 2, 2012 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
  4. ZombieA

    Hogs on bath salts?

    October 2, 2012 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  5. boyamidumb

    The truth all of our jokes are in really bad taste. For his and his family's sake we hope that he was past feeling when this happened.

    October 2, 2012 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Chuck Steak

    I wouldn't wish that on a Jihadi terrorist! (no...wait...)

    October 2, 2012 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  7. ert

    Fred Ziffle would be shocked...Arnold would never do this...(or would he?)

    October 2, 2012 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  8. rocinante

    Good thing he wasn't a chicken farmer. Getting eaten alive by chickens would have sucked way worse.

    October 2, 2012 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Cherries

    A pig is an oportunistic feeder. It will eat most anything. This man maybe fell and hit his head, started bleeding, and the pigs were attracted to the blood smell. RIP.

    October 2, 2012 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Marlin

    This is horrible.

    I wonder what will happen to his family. I hope they are provided for.

    I am also curious what they will do with the hogs. I really dont want these guys put the foodchain.

    October 2, 2012 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Turkish

    "We lost Gorgeous George."

    October 2, 2012 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brick Top

      Well it's not as though he's a set of car keys, now is he ?

      October 2, 2012 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
  12. ma & pa

    If the uninformed, soft-fuzzy thoughted general public has been given an awakening to the unprovoked, conscienceless brutality of hogs to each other and to humans then the farmers story has not been for nothing. "Wilbers" are an example of how People should be careing, and, unfortunately, are almost nonexistent in reality in commercial hogs. We had a few piggies as "pet" and knew we could soon be tickling their palates if we fell while scratching their backs. That's facts from our kindly home.

    October 2, 2012 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
  13. capnmike

    SWEET REVENGE!!!! See how you Humans like being eaten for a change! Not so good, huh?

    October 2, 2012 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
  14. cpc65

    What was the name of the movie where this wacko old guy in a wheelchair was feeding people to his giant hogs?

    October 2, 2012 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Pro Death

    I wonder if WE taste like bacon to them?

    October 2, 2012 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
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