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. Yummy


    October 2, 2012 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Reality Check

    The two morals of the story are "pigs never forget" and "If you decide to kill a pig because it bit you, don't show any mercy because one day you might be sorry.

    October 2, 2012 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  3. 2001 suzuki intruder 1400

    Just think I rode a pig about this big a couple of times when I was a young kid, probably lucky it didn't get mad and eat me. : )

    October 2, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Starstuff

    Sad and scary... are the animals going to be sacrificed? Pork chops anyone?

    October 2, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Craig Newton

    The brother is quoted as saying those "animals were his life" Hmm I guess the animals would say "The farmer was their meal" Oink.

    October 2, 2012 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  6. james

    This trumps the cannibal on the causeway story a few months ago.

    October 2, 2012 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Caleb

    We used to have hogs when I was a kid. My dad told me once that if you have take a pig away from the others (e.g. if it got sick), you couldn't put it back in. The other pigs would kill it and eat it. Intelligent animals - but vicious.

    October 2, 2012 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • fogjam1

      how does that show intelligence, heres how dummy it don't

      October 2, 2012 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  8. timeismoney

    I bet that's what happened to Jimmy Hoffa

    October 2, 2012 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  9. The King

    I know of a hog pen abutting an isolated country road. There is no farm house close enough for anyone to see a car stop next to it. I have always thought that if I needed to get rid of a body, I would dump said body inside that hog pen.Let's be honest, humans aren't bald eagles, there's no shortage of them, and most aren't worth much anyway.

    October 2, 2012 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Charles

      That's what Romney2012 said, above: "Finally, a good use for democrats." I saw this video about a Cleveland lady with a government cell phone. After the brutal drought over the summer, we could get her to help with the hogs a few days (wink, wink) and alleviate the pork shortage. Win-win situation.

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

    So what happens to the hogs? I hope they are not sold for consumption.

    October 2, 2012 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Renee

    “Those animals were his life,” Garner told the those animals TOOK his life, or he was fed to them!!

    October 2, 2012 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  12. namereader


    October 2, 2012 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Diet Sow

    “Those animals were his life"... and his death!

    October 2, 2012 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  14. SoccerMom 24/7

    It's hideous and pathetic that we still raise animals just to slaughter them. How kind of sick people do this to another living being? Perhaps the pigs have finally had enough and turned on their abuser?

    October 2, 2012 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Aporkylypse

      How else will we get Bacon? Ham? Ribs? Chicken Breasts? What else besides lettuce & tomato will I put on my hamburger???? Wow, are you getting hungry?

      October 2, 2012 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chuggernaut

      Because they're freaking delicious.

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

      I didn't evolve my way to the top of the food chain to not assert my dominance. Do you have canine teeth? What are those for? Ripping and tearing flesh, dear. And bacon is sooo tasty. You go on murdering innocent fruits and vegetables. Me, I think I'll take some revenge and go out for a pork tenderloin.

      October 2, 2012 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • SoccerMom 24/7

      Your all a bunch of monsters! Why do you come on the internet, just to make fun of people! Grow up and show some respect!

      October 2, 2012 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • ajl

      Worry about English, then the natural order... "how kind of person" are you?

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

      Your utter lack of compassion for the man and his family in your hurry to beat your pet political drum is inhuman.

      October 2, 2012 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Deke

      Guess you don't eat meat, huh?

      October 2, 2012 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • chris

      So it is sick to raise animals to kill and eat. You then cannot argue that it is also sick to raise plants to kill and eat. Plants are living, they send signals of distress they can adapt. Same with the animals we eat. They all do the same things. Seriously is it because they can bleed?

      October 2, 2012 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • MikeyD74

      really? troll much? next time youre at the doctor, have him tie your tubes so you cant further pollute the gene pool.

      October 2, 2012 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • zodiac1

      If God did not want us to eat animals he would not have made them out of meat.

      October 2, 2012 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Slaysman

      This article proves my point...given a cjance animals will eat humans. So we need to eat them before they eat us like that poor farmer may he rest in peace.

      October 2, 2012 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      I know, and we raise plants just to rip them out of the ground!

      October 2, 2012 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • flesheatingblackteria

      Is this woman serious right now? I am sorry he lost his life in such a gruesome manner. But this shows all animals are not sweet beautiful creatures. some are nuisances that need to be exterminated. Some are food. All these vegetarians who cry about the killing of animals by humans need to answer what shuold we do to the other animals who are predators who eat animals? Should we eliminate them as well? Some people are just ridiculous

      October 2, 2012 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lindsay Lohan

      You are a CRAZY WOMAN

      October 2, 2012 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • sam stone

      omnivore: YOU did not evolve to the top of the food chain.

      October 2, 2012 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • sam stone

      "This article proves my point...given a cjance animals will eat humans. So we need to eat them before they eat us like that poor farmer may he rest in peace."

      Some animals will. Some won't.

      Show us those big bad carnivorous cows

      October 2, 2012 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dwayne

      Hey, soccermom, don't come riding in here all self righteous and superior with aspersions of "hideous and pathetic" thinking anyone will concur with your perspective. You want life to pass you by and miss out on delicious meat products, rock on, but don't venture to lecture me what to do.

      Sam Stone, go back to playing video games. Everything you say is dumb and wastes time. You're not funny, not smart, not interesting, not nothing but a waste of time.

      October 2, 2012 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • scott

      Well....Thats lunch!!

      October 2, 2012 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Waylon

    People should read a little bit of the history of the Civil War, many killed soldiers were not buried but became food for pigs

    October 2, 2012 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
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