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. banasy©

    Leucadia Bob:

    October 2, 2012 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jt_flyer

    It's story is difficult to believe. The pig had bitten the farmer before. It must have liked and remembered the taste and essentially identidied the farmer as prey and attacked. I can understand if it were a wild pig. Very strange.

    October 2, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  3. HBar

    This sort of thing has happened before. It's the origin of the term "Hog Wild".

    October 2, 2012 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Mr. Doe

    Every hog farmer knows (or should know) that 700 pound boars can and will kill and eat a human.

    October 2, 2012 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  5. ccllccll

    The only reason hogs live in the filth that you talk about is because that is the way humans keep them. Pigs are actually a very clean animal if they were not kept in buildings, confined and forced to live in their own feces by people. Not all farmers keep their livestock like this, but the ones you seem to know of do. Oh and they are smarter then you think too. Not saying they planned this whole ordeal, but they are intelligent. Condolences to the family

    October 2, 2012 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Monica

    I was chased and attacked by a hog when i was a child and will never forget how scary it was. Feel very sad for this man and his family

    October 2, 2012 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  7. PK


    October 2, 2012 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Joyce Carpenter

    So sorry for the loss of this man. This story reminded me of an episode of Criminal Minds. If you've seen it, you will know what i am talking about. I hope not...

    October 2, 2012 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  9. nokoolaidcowboy

    The hogs will be destroyed I imagine. Can't risk them showing up on the dinner table after having eaten human flesh.

    October 2, 2012 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  10. amlowlife

    The movie "Hannibal" comes to life. Yikes...

    October 2, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  11. mark

    Eaten by pigs is not the epitaph I'd like on my gravestone.

    October 2, 2012 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • shrinktofit

      Then stay out of the hog pens.

      October 2, 2012 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  12. ssp

    poetic justice. Sorry for the loss but guess what goes around comes around! Be a Vegetarian! Odds are you dont get eaten by trees

    October 2, 2012 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike Long

      Nope, but trees do fall on people...

      October 2, 2012 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • huh?

      Where in the article did it say it wasn't a vegetarian?

      October 2, 2012 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Left Lane Driver

    Probably heart attack.....but then, what do they do the post mortem on?

    October 2, 2012 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Spendlove

    Clearly the farmer crossed Al Swearengen and consequently was feed to the hogs by Mr. Wu.

    October 2, 2012 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  15. S Allen

    Hope no one will eat these pigs !!!!

    October 2, 2012 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
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