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. bj412

    George Orwell's Animal Farm -

    October 4, 2012 at 1:53 am | Report abuse |
  2. bj412

    Duck, here comes the pigs, looking for fowl play. I bet they make a horse's ass out of themselves by blaming the hogs.

    October 4, 2012 at 1:54 am | Report abuse |
  3. Bayousara

    I see the jokes about my neighbor here on the South Oregon Coast go unabated. Terry Garner was a Vietnam vet who has had stress problems and also physical problems with heart and blood pressure. I saw his farm yesterday on Hwy 42 South and the hogs are still on the property. There was a nice article in our local newspaper about Terry and his life and his love for farming. He also took in abandoned farm animals and had a box at the end of his driveway with fresh eggs that people could pay for on the honor system. He has a loving family that is devastated about his death and the manner of his death, which they will probably never know how it happened. He was also a friend to all and loved by his neighbors. Let's hope by the end of today some of you jokesters don't find out you have lost a loved one in some manner so we can all make fun of you.

    October 4, 2012 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Cheryl

      May Mr. Garner's family and friends find peace and answers. My thoughts go out to them. To all of you who find this amusing, try placing yourselves in their shoes. I'm certain not one of you would find it amusing if it were your family.

      October 4, 2012 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Fn0rdz

      But he's not family or friend to most of the people here, so they'll make fun of him and continue to do so.

      October 4, 2012 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
    • WASP

      @bay: no one means anything bad and none that i have read were directed at his loved ones, however humour is a way of for humans to relieve stress of a sad situation. we all feel for him losing his life.

      October 4, 2012 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Ryan

    The pigs, they just got used to it. They gotta have the human flesh, now they won't eat nothing else.

    October 4, 2012 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  5. Hate for Prisoners

    We (United States) should feed prisoners to pigs. And this could be the next reality show. Ratings would go through the roof!

    October 4, 2012 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Aquamarine22

    In another battle between Man v. Food... This time... Food won.

    October 4, 2012 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Ginny

    How tragic it is to have Mr. Garner lose his life in such a horrible way but more tragic is the jokes that people are making about the incident. I cannot imagine how horrible it was for a family member to discover such gruesome scene. For those of you who think this is funny and make jokes maybe you will find someone you love dead and dismembered, have eaten or body rotting in a back shed and then be shocked at the jokes people will make about it. Shame on you. Mr. Garner rest in peace.

    October 4, 2012 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  8. PDiddy

    It's a good think they used the word hog instead of pig in the headline because I would have thought it was just someone who had a bad night in Vegas

    October 4, 2012 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Mark

    This is why you do not want to be a vegitarian. These animals will eat you the first chance they get.

    October 4, 2012 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • mariah

      Go away.

      October 4, 2012 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • ajaffres

      I hope I am only too simple to believe you're not ironic.
      Animals will not be aggressive with humans if humans are not aggressive with animals in the first place. This is a sad story, but I am sure this man was not innocent.
      1 human dead against the billions of animals dead for our culinary pleasures. Will pray for the animals.

      October 6, 2012 at 4:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Von

      ajaffres, farm pigs are known to eat anything below their noses. They have been seen eating poisonous snakes, rocks, birds, cats, toes, and so on. I doubt this man did anything to them except fall.

      October 7, 2012 at 4:54 am | Report abuse |
  10. Po the Panda(From Kung Fu Panda)


    That is all.

    October 4, 2012 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
  11. bond

    taste like chicken

    October 4, 2012 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Christina-Xena

    Previously overheard in Pig Latin:

    "Step on my piglet once, I'll bite you,
    Step on one twice, I'll eat you."
    i dare you to do that again!,
    (and the farmer unfortunately did).

    Moral of the Story: If you step on animal's rights, then you might end up being a meal for them!

    Lingering question?....Now are they going to slaughter the pigs to fetch out whatever parts of Farmer Garner they can?...or are they going to let the pigs further digest him and take them to market and slaughter for food?

    Imagine eating the pig that ate their own farmer ...ummmm ummmm!... almost finger lickin' good!

    Final conclusion: Poetic Justice can be a Dirty Swine.

    October 4, 2012 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Piranha

    Pigs. They'll eat anything, even the hands that feeds them.

    October 4, 2012 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse |
  14. BOBBOB

    The pigs were hamming it up and wanted to hog the lime light. Lesson learned from this: don't pork the pigs.

    October 4, 2012 at 11:18 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Sasquatch

    I would just go in there with a chainsaw and go to town...

    October 4, 2012 at 11:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Christina-Xena

      What's your day job?

      Let me guess ...Being Chop Top in the Texas ChainSaw Massacre?

      Gee...if the farmer didn't mess up somehow the pigs wouldn't have had a Super-Sized McFarmer!

      October 5, 2012 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
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