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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soundoff (641 Responses)
  1. Matt

    He should have shot some birds out of a slingshot at them.

    October 2, 2012 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Ed T Duck

    Probably suffered a heart-attack then the piggies had a feast. Thing is, you'll never know- heart will have been gobbled down.

    October 2, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Lauren

    Someone being eaten by pigs was obviously in response to the forthcoming bacon shortage – it's one way to fatten up the hogs! On another note, this is sad and hope is family comes get's through the hard times.

    October 2, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Ed T Duck

    I hope they don't end up in Farmer John's sausages...

    October 2, 2012 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Bob Bobson

    Should have fed them more often I guess...

    October 2, 2012 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  6. blueyeddevil


    October 2, 2012 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  7. SteveOfTx

    Ever read Animal Farm? Four legs good, two legs bad ...

    October 2, 2012 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Bart Flaster

    Faster than being eaten by chickens.

    October 2, 2012 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  9. barbara451

    Bricktop called it right.

    October 2, 2012 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jeffrey G

    The comments displayed here that I'm reading leave me in disgust. There is nothing funny about this period!

    October 2, 2012 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      "There is nothing funny about this period"...said like a woman nagging

      October 2, 2012 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Johns

      We're not talking about periods. We're talking about a guy getting eaten by pigs.

      October 2, 2012 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • mel

      The pigs were tired of being fed crap. They decided to get rid of the responsible person. Little did they knew that what they were eating was even worse. Never seen a pig eating pig. But the farmer must be happy, at least the animals were fed.

      October 2, 2012 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Asqu

    Please don't tell me he called one of them "Clarise"

    October 2, 2012 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sharen

      No the sow was named "Babe" lol

      October 2, 2012 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Asqu

      Haha, good one.

      October 2, 2012 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  12. ronjayaz

    “Those animals were his life,” Garner told the Register-Guard." And his death! A gruesome story, indeed.But shudnt the hogs be checked immediately?!

    October 2, 2012 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  13. pugilist1

    I hope Mr Garner was a Republican.

    October 2, 2012 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  14. pugilist1

    I hope Mr Garner was a Republican

    October 2, 2012 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  15. carial

    This is not unusal at all, not if you know anything about hogs. Pigs WILL eat you given the chance. It's been happenning since people started keeping pigs. Hell, in the wild it happens too, if you're so unfortunate to be found on the ground, unable to fight, by wild boar. It's amazing how little people seem to remember about our not so distant farming past.

    October 2, 2012 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
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