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. TODAY

    Yup...Pigs are going to eat just about anything...

    October 2, 2012 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
  2. Everything will be illuminated soon enough

    Extremism is on the rise among all living things... you have seen it and you have been warned several times.

    October 2, 2012 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
  3. Cliff Claven (Cheers TV)

    Every single mass grave of jews ever found in Germany excavated, with the poor jews given at least a decent burial...EXCEPT ONE.
    All requests submitted to German authorities to have Bayer Pharmaceuticals world headquarters buildings moved so we can exhume the bodies of thousands of jews JUST TO GIVE THEM A DECENT BURIAL have been FLATLY REJECTED.
    THIS is an OUTRAGE!

    October 2, 2012 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Dontbeadork

      And this has what, exactly, to do with the current story?

      October 9, 2012 at 11:58 pm | Report abuse |
  4. TODAY

    that's supposed to be are sad story

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

      Did he taste like bacon?

      October 2, 2012 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Iris

    Wow.. I am in shock.. I never knew there were other cases of pigs eating folk... wow!

    October 2, 2012 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
    • BD

      Pigs will literally eat anything

      October 2, 2012 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Jim

      I was raised on a pig farm. I witnessed a gruesome act when my stepfather and I were taking the piglets into the farrowing house. My stepfather had 4 piglets, 2 in each hand, and opened the door where the SOW as loose. The SOW charged my stepfather, who dropped the pigs and leaped over the fence. The SOW tore into her own piglets, killing all 4. So, this is very possible especially if the SOW thought her pigtlets were being hurt by someone.

      October 2, 2012 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
  6. lrltree

    I don't think it would have ever come to my mind that pigs would eat humans. That is a scary thought. And honestly, I am not sure I want to eat any more pig items either.

    October 2, 2012 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Mack

      Always a good place to dispose of human remains.

      October 2, 2012 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Peter

      Are you serious??? You would actually contemplate life without bacon?

      October 2, 2012 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
    • sam stone

      There was a case a couple of decades ago in nothern Michigan where some brothers killed a couple deer hunters from the Detroit area and fed them to their pigs. Apparently, the Detroiters were drinking and insulted the local women. The lesson here is that rural folk don't seem to appreciate their women being called farm fed.

      October 2, 2012 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
  7. lg michigan

    My dad stopped to check on the welfare of a recently deceased friend's livestock. Mom, my brother and I were also in the car. When we pulled into the yard, there were some huge hogs waiting at the fence. A few seconds later, they were standing on and clawing at the fence, shrieking and screaming at us. I'm guessing they were very hungry. Dad told us to stay in the car, and he walked about halfway toward the barn. I guess he thought better of it and returned to the car. I've never forgotten the sight and sound of those animals. People make fun of them, but they are not to be underestimated.

    October 2, 2012 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Valerie


      October 2, 2012 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
  8. Paul

    Holy crap!! That is so ironic, the hog farmer devoured by the creatures he slaughtered and sold en mass for years.

    October 2, 2012 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
  9. Cliff Claven (Cheers TV)

    Many do not know this, but Nazis didn't just kill jews. They enslaved most jewish men for digging huge underground military bases where they secretly built their war machine years before wWII. Hitler was TIME magazines "Man of the Year" in 1936.
    Jewish girls were given to ranking military officers or sold for high prices to Nazi pervs.
    Jewish women of small stature and jewish boys were sent straight to Nazi BayerAG camp, where for many years doctors of science expirimented on them, including 8 Phd doctors who specialized in genetics and were later found guilty of war crimes by The Hague. Four years in prison was the longest term served, and then these men went to work for Bayer USA..

    October 2, 2012 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
    • James

      @Philip. Aspirin are good. They can save your life if you start to have a heart attack.

      October 2, 2012 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
    • windmilltrading

      And your point is? Just another rant. Seems you have some major issues that need to be dealt with. Hope you can get the help you sorely need.

      October 2, 2012 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Valerie

      Ok, I just googled this. Your post is absolutely truth. Good Lord!

      October 2, 2012 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
  10. grainman

    Will those hogs be killed now because of their actions?
    Will their remains be sent to a slaughter house?
    Will they end up in our freezer?

    October 2, 2012 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
  11. SB1790

    My neighbors had pigs when I was a kid. Pigs will kill and eat the runts of the litter for sure. They will also corner and eat kittens and other small animals that get into a pen. If there's a litter or two they get HIGHLY aggressive. Sows will charge you. Pigs attack sort of like wolves, they will all attack you at once if they knock you down. If you have too many pigs in the same pen, they can get very aggressive and will attack most anything that comes into the pen. Usually though, this isn't so much the case, but they can be dangerous if agitated. I personally got chased by a sow. They plow into you and will come back and bite if they feel threatened, especially if there are piglets.

    October 2, 2012 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
  12. James

    That happened in one of the Hannibal Lecter books. I think the second one, where a rich guy captures Hannibal and is going to feed him to pigs. Those were odd books.

    October 2, 2012 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
  13. DontPretend

    How do you like my bacon now?!

    October 2, 2012 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
  14. Al Key

    In a related story, bacon flavored vodka is now available. Russia, eat your heart out.

    October 2, 2012 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
  15. Rob

    What a pig!

    October 2, 2012 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
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