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. Geoff

    Penguins would never eat a person.

    October 3, 2012 at 2:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Southerner01

      True, but penguins don't make good bacon.

      October 3, 2012 at 6:02 am | Report abuse |
  2. Steve

    Lived in a farmhouse with hogpens nearby. They WILL attack/eat you given the chance. Common knowledge in southern Illinois.

    October 3, 2012 at 2:38 am | Report abuse |
  3. Jason

    Don't try to teach a pig to sing.
    It doesn't work and it annoys the pig.

    October 3, 2012 at 3:23 am | Report abuse |
  4. Ash

    I suppose you people will slaughter and eat these pigs and distribute thieir meat across the country to others who have no idea what–or who these pigs have eaten.

    October 3, 2012 at 3:39 am | Report abuse |
  5. Chris

    "Those hogs were his life" and death.

    October 3, 2012 at 4:40 am | Report abuse |
  6. On my knees for God's pleasure

    Would you buy that bacon?

    October 3, 2012 at 5:02 am | Report abuse |
  7. gager

    It's always a contest of who eats who first, this time the hogs won.

    October 3, 2012 at 5:06 am | Report abuse |
  8. Adair

    Wasn't there an X-Files episode like that?

    October 3, 2012 at 5:38 am | Report abuse |
  9. mmi16

    Eat or be eaten is one of the laws of nature!

    October 3, 2012 at 5:47 am | Report abuse |
  10. Darth Maul

    I will not rest until the killers are brought to my plate!!!

    October 3, 2012 at 6:17 am | Report abuse |
  11. Cushion Jedi

    Awful story... With 700 lb hogs in the pen it wouldn't take them very long to clean his bones... I only hope that he was dead when he hit the ground... Never go in the woods, barn or pen without being strapped... If he had his 357 or Glock he'd be enjoying fresh bacon & eggs this morning with the rest of us... Speaking of, stock up on pork now before the prices hit record highs in upcoming months due to inflated grain prices...

    October 3, 2012 at 6:25 am | Report abuse |
  12. Wildagreen

    It was definitely not fowl was porcine play...what a bunch of dorks.

    October 3, 2012 at 6:37 am | Report abuse |
  13. freshnewblog

    I am going to stop eating pork for a while.

    October 3, 2012 at 6:54 am | Report abuse |
  14. Gene

    I guess you live by the pig, you die by the pig....

    October 3, 2012 at 7:00 am | Report abuse |
    • curt

      exactly what i was thinking

      October 3, 2012 at 7:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Bayousara

      This guy was my neighbor and he probably died a horrific death. The jokes are uncalled for. Just remember the Golden Rule and what goes around comes around. His family is suffering terribly. They don't know what happened to get him into that situation. I wish CNN would remove this story and let this family deal with their grief without all the ugly comments and jokes.

      October 3, 2012 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  15. Franky

    Apparently his death too.

    October 3, 2012 at 7:41 am | Report abuse |
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