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. cpc65

    A spider web was found in the pig pen with words that read, "Human tastes good".

    October 2, 2012 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
  2. KeepPeace

    Shades of Deadwood...

    October 2, 2012 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Robert

    He probably passed out or had a heart attack and the hogs were too stupid to know the diffence between the hand that fed them (and the man that fed them) and the food. I guess they can display the dentures at the funeral in an open casket... a small open casket. Seriously, this is really sad, but perhaps this is one reason why neither Jews nor Muslims like pigs.

    October 2, 2012 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Robert

    I can see the movie now though... "Revenge of the Hogs!"

    October 2, 2012 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Robert

    I wonder what they'll do with those hogs? Who would want to eat them?

    October 2, 2012 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Big Al

    This is too Orwellian to be true.

    October 2, 2012 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • sugar

      Four legs good, two legs better!

      October 2, 2012 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  7. John H

    Sounds like a plot line straight from the movie "Hannibal"...eerie.

    October 2, 2012 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • norman

      finally, hogs get some revenge

      October 2, 2012 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Boss Hog

      First thing I thought of too. Now we know the movie plot was not far-fetched. Hogs have been rumored to be a favorite method of human body disposal for organized crime for a long time.

      People keep wanting to find where Jimmy Hoffa is buried. I don't think he WAS buried. I'll bet he ended up as bacon and pork chops.

      October 2, 2012 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steven P

      Don't you mean, "Hammibal"?

      October 2, 2012 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ben Jordan

      STEVEN P. just blew my freaking mind... that was hilarious.

      October 2, 2012 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Progressive Veteran

    The hog giveth. The hog taketh.

    October 2, 2012 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joey Navis

      yeah progressive,,, but did the hogs wash??

      October 2, 2012 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Frank

    Think about Mr. Garner the next time your eating your bacon......

    October 2, 2012 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • !

      Looks like that guy was done in by the Baconator!

      Is it ok to make a joke about this? Yes it is. That guy probably raised and slaughtered thousands of pigs. Guy: thousands, Pigs: 1. Life isn't safe and secure for anyone.

      October 2, 2012 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
  10. SprayinAK

    talk about the perfect murder!!

    October 2, 2012 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Eliz

    A friend of mine told me this had happened to her uncle. I guess the hogs just didn't know any better.

    October 2, 2012 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
  12. BJ Smith

    This poor man. I suspect he died of natural causes. Pigs aren't likely to attack and don't usually bite unless they are threatened or hurt. My condolences to the man's family.

    October 2, 2012 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
  13. driranek

    Coulda been worse – the farmer could have been raising leeches, for example....

    October 2, 2012 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • DuluthMN

      Could be worse.......could be raining....(Young Frankenstein)

      October 2, 2012 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Irene Done

    He made a pig of himself!

    October 2, 2012 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
  15. bubba

    not pigs but sheep. check out the movie Black Sheep, where crazy people eating sheep go on the attack. On the Shaun of the Dead level... great fun.

    October 2, 2012 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
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