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. Brian

    I live in Iowa and there have been a number of cases where hogs killed and ate children. Hogs are smart, which is one reason they can be very dangerous.

    October 2, 2012 at 11:28 pm | Report abuse |
  2. tlo

    This is sad and I do offer my condolence to the family. This is not new however, pigs a very well known for this. I have been on a few cases like this. It will most likely turn up that the famer had health problems and died of them while in the pin.

    October 2, 2012 at 11:30 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Hemet Jeff

    Wasn't this a movie?!

    October 2, 2012 at 11:36 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Louie

    I thought it would be semi-humorous, but it's actually quite sad. The guy seemed nice and even spared the pig who was vicious. Just goes to show that any creature can turn violent.

    October 2, 2012 at 11:47 pm | Report abuse |
  5. jg1018

    Karma.

    October 2, 2012 at 11:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • mickthequick

      Correct. Precise and unfailing.

      October 3, 2012 at 12:26 am | Report abuse |
  6. Mary

    Sounds like what the Republicans will do to Romney after he loses the election, to me.

    October 2, 2012 at 11:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Panties

      I agree witchya. Romney will lose Real Bad. He is a second-class Loser.

      October 3, 2012 at 12:20 am | Report abuse |
  7. Corey

    Well...he spent his life eating them so I suppose it is only fair. Though I do wonder what happens to the pigs now. Do they slaughter them all? And more importantly...do they then eat them? That would be even weirder. Man eats pig eats man eats pig.

    October 3, 2012 at 12:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Chaaad

      In a weird twist of fate – these pigs probably wont be eaten by us.
      Hope news of this doesnt get around to all the other pigs or else we are in trouble.

      October 3, 2012 at 12:44 am | Report abuse |
  8. tateman

    Anybody ever watch Deadwood? They got rid of bodies by feeding them to pigs. Pigs are more dangerous than people think. They kind of remind me of a Hippo, one of the most dangerous animals in the world.

    October 3, 2012 at 12:12 am | Report abuse |
  9. lara

    This story may be sad but it's a lot more bizarre and grotesque than it is sad. It's so weird how some people on here try to turn it into something political! The article says the hogs were the guy's life but it doesn't sound like it to me; he wanted to kill a mother hog for just doing what comes naturally: defending her piglet.

    October 3, 2012 at 12:55 am | Report abuse |
  10. morgan

    It's sad the old guy is gone. Hope he didn't feel any pain.

    In reference to another CNN article, maybe this will give police a clue to what happened to Jimmy Hoffa?

    October 3, 2012 at 1:05 am | Report abuse |
  11. Nick

    To those wondering, all the pigs will be slaughtered and disposed of, they cannot be used for human consumption due to consumption of "Toxic" materials.

    What an awful way to die though...eaten by your own farm animals....Animal Farm anyone?

    October 3, 2012 at 1:24 am | Report abuse |
  12. Sue Pearlative

    Had those pigs realized that this man had eaten other pigs during this life, perhaps they would not have touched him.

    October 3, 2012 at 1:28 am | Report abuse |
  13. Retired Meat Inspector

    That is the grossest thing ever.

    October 3, 2012 at 1:29 am | Report abuse |
  14. kevin

    “Those animals were his life,” Garner told the Register-Guard.

    And his death unfortunately. Live by the hog, die by the hog I suppose.

    October 3, 2012 at 1:57 am | Report abuse |
  15. Monsterbug

    Foul play? Good luck with that!

    October 3, 2012 at 2:01 am | Report abuse |
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