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. mommaearth

    At least he died doing what he loved. Feeding his pigs.

    October 2, 2012 at 9:05 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Brick Top

    They will go through bone like butter. You need at least sixteen pigs to finish the job in one sitting, so be wary of any man who keeps a pig farm. They will go through a body that weighs 200 pounds in about eight minutes. That means that a single pig can consume two pounds of uncooked flesh every minute. Hence the expression, "as greedy as a pig".

    October 2, 2012 at 9:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • 22xy

      Someone HAD to quote that........

      October 2, 2012 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Meki60

    sounds not right to me, maybe he was a closet muslim (like Obama) and the hogs got revenge

    October 2, 2012 at 9:10 pm | Report abuse |
  4. mindlike

    Silence of the Oinkers

    October 2, 2012 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Stephen Ratcliffe

    More evidence of Tim Bedore's animal conspiracy.

    October 2, 2012 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse |
  6. CK

    Soylent Green is PEOPLE!!!

    October 2, 2012 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse |
  7. pewpshoot

    Surprised I haven't seen a Hannibal reference here.

    October 2, 2012 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mirgirl

      That was the first thing I though of!

      October 2, 2012 at 9:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • G. W. Hayduke III

      Farmer: The Other White Meat!

      October 2, 2012 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse |
  8. zicktyzack

    That is karma cominb back at you for killing of innocent babies in Veitnam and then stepping on piglets.

    October 2, 2012 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cliff


      October 2, 2012 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Name s kel

      Stupid respect for the vet. Maybe you should" feed" the hogs.

      October 2, 2012 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Herby Sagues

      Folks, that was clearly a joke. He even made it obvious with the piglet comment. Don't you have a sense of humor?

      October 2, 2012 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • ErinB

      zack: You do not possess the bravery and loyalty required to be a member of the US military. You are an ungrateful, stupid & selfish SOB.

      October 2, 2012 at 10:42 pm | Report abuse |
  9. carm

    LOL; ironic, isn't it.

    October 2, 2012 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse |
  10. rockney

    I grew-up in Iowa raising hogs, cattle, corn, and soy beans. Lots of hogs for the time – up to 5,000 head spread across 5 farms. Hogs can be vicious and sometimes aggressive. And they are carnivorous. But anyone who works around them usually learns to get out of the way, fast. I'm guessing the poor man had a heart attack or slipped and hit his head. The hogs just took advantage of the situation – gruesome as it is.

    October 2, 2012 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Bolobolo666

    I think I understand. You kill someone and then throw him in the pigsty. You make sure the pigs are real hungry. Then when the authorities come you say that pig over there did not like the person who was eaten.

    October 2, 2012 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • cwestions

      Ever see Sntach?

      October 2, 2012 at 10:42 pm | Report abuse |
  12. rexdogcanadien

    A sad way to die. Condolences to his family.

    October 2, 2012 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Winston5

    "Animal Farm", anyone?

    October 2, 2012 at 10:00 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Bolobolo666

    I assume those pigs are going to be killed very soon because they are obviously dangerous. The slaughterhouse workers should be warned that when they cut these pigs opens they may see some unpleasant sights. Without this warnings I can see the workers passing out or worse. On second thought maybe they should just dispose of the pigs as you would any animal that is unfit for human consumption.

    October 2, 2012 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • pat

      Oh. and just slaughtering a creature isn't a gruesome sight? and why wouldn't they be fit for human consumption? That's presumably what their doom was anyway?

      October 2, 2012 at 10:40 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Robear in Ojai

    I knew a couple in Canada whose 4-year old son was eaten by the hogs they were raising. Tragic story. They had moved from the city and were trying their hand at country living. The boy wandered into the pen unsupervised. All they found of him was part of his chewed up pants. They sold the farm and eventually divorced. I guess they couldn't cope with the guilt.

    October 2, 2012 at 10:19 pm | Report abuse |
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