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. Stephen

    I don't want to believe this story. I was hoping to get a 600lb sow. Are there just certain varieties of pig that are prone to do this? Is it solely instinct?

    October 2, 2012 at 9:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Anonymous

      All pigs eat anything even their own poop. That's why they are pigs.

      October 2, 2012 at 9:19 am | Report abuse |
    • MarkinFL

      Hogs are hogs. We were always warned not to play near the hog pens when I visited my grandparents. It is well known that this is an excellent way of disposing of a body.

      October 2, 2012 at 9:26 am | Report abuse |
  2. Anonymous

    And Christians still eat pigs....these filthy animals who eat anything even they can eat you! It's even in the Bible that people should not eat hogs. This is why Muslims and Jewish do not eat pigs.

    October 2, 2012 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Stephen

      Yeah... eating pig bad. But going ape over a badly drawn picture of a God that may or may not exist is fine.

      October 2, 2012 at 9:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Bobpitt

      I hold a BBQ every summer, and my jew friends love my ribs.. they have attended my BBQ everyyear fro the last twenty years.. next year I am inviting Mohamned, he is the mail boy at work..

      October 2, 2012 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |
    • fyre

      Ever eaten chicken or turkey? They'll eat anything as well, including chicken meat and dog food (dry or wet). The old desert religions forbade pork due to trichinosis parasite, not because they were "unclean." Pretty much all animals are unclean, and if you think veggies are clean, they're covered in poopy runoff resulting in E coli outbreaks.

      October 2, 2012 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Andy

      what's your justification for no shellfish?

      October 2, 2012 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  3. sir si

    ha ha that was funny

    October 2, 2012 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
    • jp21282

      you are an idiot if you find the farmer's death funny

      October 2, 2012 at 9:54 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Keel Hauler

    Sounds like a pig is kind of like a brown bear. Mostly harmless unless defending it's young, omnivorous, and can become a man-eater if given the opportunity.

    October 2, 2012 at 9:19 am | Report abuse |
  5. SuckItUp


    October 2, 2012 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
  6. MOD

    In Alabama, my friends uncle was eaten by farm raised hogs. He was hunting and they believe that he had a stroke or heart attack that caused him to be unconsious or dead and the pigs ate him. The only thing left was bone fragments, part of a boot and his eyeglasses. They are destructive scavengers and will eat anything.

    October 2, 2012 at 9:21 am | Report abuse |
  7. CommonCents

    This is a human life we are talking about and all the people on here do is post random weird comments. How about have some respect for this man and this terrible situation. Rest In Peace Mr. Garner. Thank you for your service, and it is good to hear that someone with Combat PTSD found an outlet to control it.

    October 2, 2012 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |
  8. Cliff Claven (Cheers TV)

    The Animalia Chordata Mamalia Artiodaclyla Suidae Sus S. scrofs S. s. domesticus ('pig', to you) traces it's lineage back to the wild boar, after men began genetically altering wild animals. Many of these men were emplyed by Nazi BayerAG, who for decades expirimented on jews. (thousands of whom remain buried even now beneath Bayer's world headquarters built right on top of their old corporate concentration camp)

    October 2, 2012 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Youareinthewrongspot

      Currently 1 out of 20 Americans are stuck in, or just came out of the criminal justice system. (Looks like you were just stating whatever came to mind, regardless of the articles point, so I wrote what came to my mind)

      October 2, 2012 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
    • SteveR


      October 2, 2012 at 9:33 am | Report abuse |
    • VegasRage

      Domestic pig's were getting fed blood meal long before WWII and that mess you speak of. If you have an open wound, it's never been safe to step in a pig pen with it, they will eat you if they can.

      October 2, 2012 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
  9. jbmw

    Where is the story about the border patrol that was killed this morning? Oh that's right CNN doesn't want their boy obama and party to look bad. CNN IS A JOKE!! No Honesty NO Integrity.

    October 2, 2012 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Sinfully Yours

      It was eaten by the pig in this story.

      October 2, 2012 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
    • watchMoreThanFox

      Then go watch Fox where the stories that tell you what to think are more to your liking.

      October 2, 2012 at 9:30 am | Report abuse |
    • barbara

      Thank you for the info. Now I can search for it on other news media. CNN is so pathetique.

      October 2, 2012 at 9:33 am | Report abuse |
    • AintSo

      Damn're just so sensitive.

      October 2, 2012 at 9:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Jack from Tennessee

      Shut up!! jbmw.. Have you ever heard of google?.... search and go read about it!!!

      October 2, 2012 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
  10. hecep

    Now, if the farmer had been eaten by someone else's hogs, this would have been less of a story.

    October 2, 2012 at 9:26 am | Report abuse |
  11. farmerjoe

    This is what happens when you cut Medicare, reduce farmer subsidies and have to deal with the high cost of feed. Goodbye grandpa!

    October 2, 2012 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
  12. Trocar

    Question: I know the thought of someone's remains being eaten by their pig(s) sounds gruesome, but really, is the process any more brutal than a body being subjected to 1800 degree heat in a crematory retort?

    October 2, 2012 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Dontbeadork

      I think some of the issue here is that we don't know if the farmer was dead when the hogs got to him. And this process is more unusual and significantly less sanitized by familiarity than cremation.

      October 9, 2012 at 11:57 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Greg

    We will not rest until the killers are brought to justice.

    October 2, 2012 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
  14. Sinfully Yours

    Your VeggieTales aren't as innocent as you think. 😉

    October 2, 2012 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
  15. Lorraine Fidrych

    coincidence: an episode of new show Copper shows someone throwing another man into a hog pen for "disposal"....hope someone didn't do this to this man. We drive by that farm often off the 42s highway on way to Bandon OR...Riverton is just a small cluster of homes.

    October 2, 2012 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
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