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. tucsnad

    Just shows you though that no matter how docile an animal is they're still animals and capable of animal behavior.

    October 2, 2012 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Jon

      Just like humans are animals and capable of erratic behavior.

      October 2, 2012 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  2. Marc B

    They bit the hands that feed them..... I mean all of it! WOW!!!

    October 2, 2012 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  3. josh

    Has no one considered that he was thrown into the hog pen so the pigs would eat him and there be no evidence of a murder...?

    October 2, 2012 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
    • dzerres

      The article clearly states, " the Sheriff's Office is investigating to determine if foul play may have resulted in the death".

      October 2, 2012 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Sinfully Yours

      Welcome to the list of potential suspects josh 😉

      October 2, 2012 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
    • SconnieTommy

      Maybe it was the chickens – they're often suspects in fowl play.

      Sorry, sorry....

      October 2, 2012 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Pacem en Terris

    This is so bizarre. There is a terrific show on Sunday Nights BBC America called "Copper" about police in NYC during the late 1800's This past Sundays episode dealt in part with a 9 y/o girl who killed a farmer who had been abusing her. The "Copper" went to the farm and pushed the dead body off a hay loft into the pig pen and the scene faded to black with them eating him. Too much of a coincidence.

    October 2, 2012 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
    • ihtfpaeoh

      That's how the characters in Deadwood disposed of bodies – fed them to the pigs.

      October 2, 2012 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  5. pigfarmer

    I grew up around hogs and once fell into the pen while trying to feed them. Just me and the corn lying there in the dirt. There's no doubt in my mind they would have eaten me if they'd had a chance.

    October 2, 2012 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  6. not too surprised

    Yes, pigs have been known to eat people. Maybe the sow whose baby had been stepped on started the attack. I suppose they will never know for sure. It must have been a really horrible death. Poor guy!

    October 2, 2012 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  7. jim

    Farmer eats bacon. Then bacon eats farmer. I wonder if you can continue the cycle forever in a self sustaining loop of carnivorous debauchery? That's what I'd do if I lived on a farm. Carnivorous debauchery!

    October 2, 2012 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  8. Colin Morgan

    I hope the guy was dead before this happened. What horrible way to go out.

    October 2, 2012 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  9. herrick9

    Apparently "hogs" have memories like elephants?

    October 2, 2012 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
  10. mmmiller85

    So you think a hog's life is equivalent to a human life? Either you're joking or you're thick headed.

    October 2, 2012 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  11. Bill

    My condolences to the farmer and his family.

    October 2, 2012 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  12. Dude

    It is possible the guy had a heart attack and died before the hog ate him.

    October 2, 2012 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  13. Cindy

    Hogs are dangerous animals. Especially a sow. They will eat anything. When we were kids on the farm we had to stay away from the hogs.

    October 2, 2012 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  14. Retired Army

    Pigs = filthy, dangerous and hostile. They are intelligent.....AND NOT TO BE TRUSTED.

    The only surprise here is that this doesn't happen more often.

    October 2, 2012 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  15. T

    So it'd be nice to know that these hogs wont enter the human food supply?

    October 2, 2012 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Robert

      They'll be put down by animal control and their carcasses will be donated to medical schools.

      October 2, 2012 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
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