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. Johns

    Old McDonald had a farm, Ee i ee i oh! And on that farm he had some pigs, Ee i ee i oh crap get'em off get'em off!!!!

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

    Sorry to say...this is not abnormal. In fact, in farm culture, a pig pen is a wonderful way to get rid of a body.

    Just sayin'.

    October 2, 2012 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  3. larry

    The farm was "a life-saver" – Or not...

    October 2, 2012 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  4. snowdogg

    "The state of the remains made determining a cause of death difficult..."

    I'm just taking a wild guess here, but maybe the hogs eating him caused his death?

    October 2, 2012 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  5. nopantsdance

    Bricktop "hence the expression, as greedy as a pig"

    October 2, 2012 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Susan

    Woah-ho! It sounds like certain religions have it right when they refuse to eat pork.

    October 2, 2012 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  7. nopantsdance

    hopefully he was a 1% er

    October 2, 2012 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • lou50

      right paying to support you, good call hope they cancel your food stamps, cell phone and trailer!

      October 2, 2012 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  8. ViK100

    " Raise crows and they'll pluck your eyes out"

    October 2, 2012 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  9. nopantsdance

    he'd just spilled barbeque sauce on himself before entering the pen!

    October 2, 2012 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Aud

    Just how Bricktop does it

    October 2, 2012 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • tomLI

      Best reply ever!!! HAHAHAHA!!!

      October 2, 2012 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  11. SluggR90

    Sounds like a scene from Animal Farm!

    October 2, 2012 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  12. dave

    Zombie Pigs?

    October 2, 2012 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  13. zapper

    I hope Mr. Garner had a heart attack, quickly lost consciousness, and was gone before the hogs started.

    RIP old soldier.

    October 2, 2012 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  14. CJ

    Pigs are nasty animals. I have grown up Catholic but can see why Jews and Muslims avoid eating pork.

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

      Give your head a shake moron. Pigs are not nasty, if you knew anything about them, they are extremely smart. Do you not see the irony of the story?

      October 2, 2012 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Canopy

    "Evil shall slay the wicked"
    "Pigs shall consume pork eaters"

    October 2, 2012 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
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