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. SUEEEEE

    Someone will "SQUEAL" eventually

    October 2, 2012 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Eat_ME_I_dareYa

    Wow...new meaning to : "the other white meat"

    October 2, 2012 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
  3. judy a

    Not at all a plot lifted from the most recent episode of Copper. Police suspect a small child with a big axe. Really? Retelling stuff seen on TV detective shows is news now? Wait. I'm gonna go back and re-watch last night's Castle!

    October 2, 2012 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
  4. bongoman

    Sad. If you eat those pigs, you ate human. "Eat mo chikin" Pigs are nasty but are more committed. They gave their life so you can have bacon. A chicken is faithful and will give you eggs daily. Poor guy.

    October 2, 2012 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • tcaud

      No... the chicken just lays eggs.

      October 2, 2012 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Dot8

    Something is very piggy about this story.

    October 2, 2012 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Bob Knippel

    SAVE ON FUNERAL EXPENSES NOW! Request to be used as hog feed after death and leave your loved ones a bigger estate.

    October 2, 2012 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
  7. ma & pa

    This is not funny nor related to this specific story: Don't want to know how many people, upon finding and uncautiously reporting strange parts in their hog pens become strange parts in their hog pens.

    October 2, 2012 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • mommaearth

      huh?

      October 2, 2012 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stephen Ratcliffe

      I've read this comment three times and all I'm getting from it is a headache.

      October 2, 2012 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "The Lunatic Fringe"

    When your local grocer has a sale on pork chops, ribs and loins and whatever. There is a reason they are on sale.

    October 2, 2012 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • dazzle ©

      @Jeff Frank, remember we don't eat pork.

      October 2, 2012 at 8:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Name s kel

      Frank he should have never said that threat to the hog...................they remember.

      October 2, 2012 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Will A

    "Those animals were his life," and his death.

    October 2, 2012 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
  10. JesusChrist Son of God Son of Mary Brother to the Holy Ghost

    So, if we eat some bacon, are we potentially eating this man?

    October 2, 2012 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "The Lunatic Fringe"

    Bologna is the answer. Made with pork, chicken, beef. Some kids lunchbox will never be the same.

    October 2, 2012 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
  12. George orwell

    Four legs good, two legs bad.

    October 2, 2012 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Lori

    Sad way to go but think of all the suffering, abuse, killing and eating of pigs humans have done over the years! Pigs are very smart, smarter than dogs and they likely saw enough of their family members taken away to slaughter, so time for revenge!

    October 2, 2012 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
  14. argon

    farmers 100,000,000 Hogs 1

    October 2, 2012 at 8:49 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Guest

    You people are sick! This is a tragic story for this family and my sympathy goes out to them!

    October 2, 2012 at 9:01 pm | Report abuse |
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