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. Abby

    Wow. What a crazy story. I can't imagine what the farmer was thinking and how his family feels now. It's weird to think that God has a plan for everyone and you will pass when it is your time to go. This poor man had no idea what was coming for him; he simply was going about his normal day feeding his hogs as I am sure he always did, but the hogs had other plans for him. It is also weird to think that no one will ever know exactly what happened to him. For instance if he really did have a heart attack, if the hogs were just being deliberately harmful, or if maybe the farmer did something wrong to the hogs. Regardless, my heart goes out for the farmer and his family and friends.

    October 8, 2012 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Zach

    My my prediction is that the farmer went to slaughter his pigs, as it said he intended to in the article (must of changed his mind). He went to do it and the pigs obviously got scared and defensive. Then he had a heart attack as it said was expected and the pigs cleaned up the remains.

    October 8, 2012 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
  3. bren

    Well they cant send those pigs to market, they have to be killed otherwise there is cannibalism. Ugh.

    October 8, 2012 at 10:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dontbeadork

      Cannibalism how? The farmer was not a pig. Swine are not human. The atoms of carbon in anything you've consumed were probably in another human at some point in history, so all eating is cannibalism by your rather intriguing logic.

      October 9, 2012 at 11:44 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Pepe71

    FDA please recall all pork coming from OR, just in case one of those hogs is slathered.

    October 9, 2012 at 1:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Dontbeadork

      If you're really squicked about it, just don't eat pork or pork products for a couple of years. Those hogs may have been the family's only source of income; are you suggesting that they should lose their home and livelihood on top of their loved one? And what about all those other hog farmers whose livelihoods you're asking the FDA to destroy?

      October 9, 2012 at 11:49 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Bubba

    Animal Farm?

    October 9, 2012 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |
  6. AgrippaMT

    Nice to see the pigs getting some revenge for a change. Perhaps if he had fed them better or paid them higher wages, they might not have done that. Would love to see some corporate CEOs, especially those from Bain Capital, getting the same treatment.

    October 10, 2012 at 12:51 am | Report abuse |
  7. Courtney

    Wish more animals would eat their owners.

    October 12, 2012 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  8. sayhi2yourmom4me

    The farm animals eating the farmers? How ironic.
    Well, I'm actually feel sorry for the guy, so I will refrain from further sarcastic observances

    October 13, 2012 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse |
  9. destruct chief

    The hogs said he tasted like chicken.

    October 13, 2012 at 9:09 pm | Report abuse |
  10. destruct chief

    The hogs said he tasted like old chicken.

    October 13, 2012 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Barry Epstein

    i will not be getting any bacon in the next few weeks

    October 15, 2012 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mo Habibi

      With a name like Barry Epstein, shouldn't you be refraining from Bacon forever?

      October 22, 2012 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Epicenter NH

    Yummmm..."man" the other white meat!

    October 16, 2012 at 10:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • merk

      you hogged my line

      October 18, 2012 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Frank

    There is nothing funny about being eaten alive . Most of these sick people commenting like this can't imagine how disrespectful their comments are and can't observe the act due to horrible scene. Have a little decency .

    October 17, 2012 at 7:10 am | Report abuse |
  14. Swimmer

    "Try Terry's thigh," said Pig Nigh,
    "I prefer the soft butt," said Piglet Trut.
    He filled our trough with corn, but we met him with scorn.
    Devouring Terry makes us merry.
    We swine like to dine with men flesh...and wine!

    October 17, 2012 at 8:34 am | Report abuse |
    • WaitWhat?

      Stick to your day job. Its really not funny at all.

      October 19, 2012 at 3:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Farm Dogg

      Don't listen to these naysayers. It was hilarious!

      October 20, 2012 at 12:13 am | Report abuse |
    • JustRude

      Haha..good stuff. May his soul rest in peace though.

      October 27, 2012 at 2:12 am | Report abuse |
  15. Meh

    More pork sausages mom....please?

    October 17, 2012 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
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