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. RC

    They will go through a body that weighs 200 pounds in about eight minutes. That means that a single pig can consume two pounds of uncooked flesh every minute. Hence the expression, "as greedy as a pig".

    October 2, 2012 at 10:19 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Puckles

    He shouldn't have been raising pigs to be murdered. This is what happens to murderers. Hopefully more of the farm animals will wise up like these pigs!

    October 2, 2012 at 10:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • pat

      harsh, but kind of true.

      October 2, 2012 at 10:41 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Mt. killamanjaro

    Take the hogs out of there and send them swimming in the lake via a catapult. Blub,blub blub.They are tainted and will kill again and no human can consume them due their eating a human being. Talk about biting the hand that feeds you! My condolences to the family, This should never have happened. he should have put down the sow that bit him.

    October 2, 2012 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Puckles

    He shouldn't have been raising pigs to be murdered. This is what happens to murderers. Hopefully more of the farm animals will wise up like these pigs!!

    October 2, 2012 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |
  5. haalaaalaaa

    haahaaa..bacon got its revenge yuckers!

    October 2, 2012 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Puckles

    He shouldn't have been raising pigs to be murdered. This is what happens to murderers. Hopefully more of the farm animals will wise up like these pigs!!!!

    October 2, 2012 at 10:44 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Sue Pearlative

    That guy must have really been a ham!

    October 2, 2012 at 10:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Flamingo Kid

      You really aren't clever or funny. AT ALL.

      October 2, 2012 at 11:05 pm | Report abuse |
  8. poopfactory

    mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm BACON!

    October 2, 2012 at 10:59 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Puckles

    He should not have been raising pigs to be murdered. This is what happens to murderers. Hopefully more of the farm animals will wise up like these pigs!!!!

    October 2, 2012 at 11:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jakey

      You're a murderer or peace of mind. Shut up. Eating meat is a natural way of life.

      October 2, 2012 at 11:46 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Todd

    Weird? They are known to do that. Pigs will eat anything, just like Humans and bears.

    October 2, 2012 at 11:11 pm | Report abuse |
  11. ma & pa

    Somethings not right with this piece someone wrote? People wrote how they thought and what they knew for anyones info, questionable news or no.

    October 2, 2012 at 11:12 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Satanluv

    Damn I was sure this was gonna be about George W.

    October 2, 2012 at 11:13 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Gerald Henley

    They ate him? Why? He did not deserve that? Now here's the question: will we eat them? Cause I don't want that pack of bacon if so....

    October 2, 2012 at 11:13 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Satanluv

    Almost happened to Dorthy before she went over the rainbow man

    October 2, 2012 at 11:14 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Dynamic

    So, the Cowardly Lion had good reason to be afraid after rescuing Dorothy...

    October 2, 2012 at 11:15 pm | Report abuse |
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