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. Barb

    Pigs will eat anything that they can if they get hungry. I'm betting that it was probably a heart attack. Not sure why it's such an investigation into how the pigs could have eaten the guy, though. They're omnivores and will even eat each other if they find one dead and they're starving.

    October 2, 2012 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
  2. wcbhwk

    The other white meat!

    October 2, 2012 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
  3. imzzzz

    Stephen H....ha ha ha "Hammibal"

    October 2, 2012 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Bayousara

    The jokes keep coming and I am posting yet again to see if there is any sense of civility among the bloggers responding to this horrible situation. This farmer lives down the road from me, I drive by his little farm at least once a week both directions, I have seen the hogs in their pens. This most likely was an accident and it will probably never be known what happened. Meanwhile, he has a family and is known and appreciated in our south Oregon Coast community. So when you are making your jokes, keep in mind that perhaps today someone you love will die in a car wreck (or you will) or find out they have incurable cancer before the day is over. Since that is a common enough situation, it won't make the news, but I don't think too many people would joke about it.

    October 2, 2012 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
  5. richdix

    As bizarre as it may seem, the BBC has made this it's #1 world news story. Anyway they can portray the USA in a sickening light they will do it!

    October 2, 2012 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Dave

    Reverse BBQ

    October 2, 2012 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
  7. john4carter

    The mafia has used that one for years. They would bump someone off and then dispose
    of the body in a hog farm. After 1 or 2 days NOTHING would be left of the body...

    October 2, 2012 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Pope

      That's how they got rid of Hoffa. Jimmy sausages...........................yummmmmmmmmmm.

      October 2, 2012 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • wrongwaypeachfuzz

      thanks a lot tony soprano

      October 2, 2012 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Medicated

    Do you mean the British movie "S.natch" w David Statham(sp?) where Brad Pitt plays a psycho "Gypsie" bare knuckle fighter? The main villain was Brick Top, who owned the pigs, n the t.itle of the movie was the dog's name who had swallowed the huge diamond everyone was looking for... Love that flick!

    October 2, 2012 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Chris Maurice

    Who's gonna be the lucky one to find that slice of pork at the grocery store?

    October 2, 2012 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Annia

      I'm not going to eat pork for the next 3 years! May God rest his soul.

      October 2, 2012 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joey Navis

      annia,, if u do that, then the pigs have won

      October 2, 2012 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
  10. David

    Do we call this "bacon bites back"?

    October 2, 2012 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
  11. revolting peasant

    If they slaughter the pigs and someone eats the bacon, by the transitive property that person would be a cannibal

    October 2, 2012 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
  12. OhGeorge

    If one ever wonders who and what will vote for Obama this November just read the comments on CNN. A once great nation is on the way to oblivion. Very Sad!

    October 2, 2012 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Medicated

    That comment was for nonothing.

    October 2, 2012 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
  14. dowdotica

    its a piggy revolution,piggy revolution!!!

    October 2, 2012 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Frank

    People of the United States of America,
    Being originally from North Dakota, I know hogs,horses,Cattle,yeah,this is bad,maybe he had a Heart Attack,maybe they knocked him down when he was feeding them and just started nawing on him,either way its a bad way to die.

    October 2, 2012 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
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