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. Farm boy

    Hogs go wild at smell of blood or death. This is not unusual if he fell down or was injured.

    October 2, 2012 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  2. johnson1

    And here I thought all pigs were like Wilbur.

    October 2, 2012 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
    • little mister©

      johnson 1 they are like Wilbur. I have 2 grown pigs that are so sweet and clean. They sit at the dinner table with me and sleep in my bed.

      October 2, 2012 at 9:04 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Ryan Lee

    This is what happened to Jimmy Hoffa

    October 2, 2012 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
    • smokie

      actually that has been a rumor for years

      October 2, 2012 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
  4. smokie

    man.. what a way to go,, thoughts of Dorothy falling into the hog pen in the Wizard of OZ/// I sure hope those hogs dont enter the food chain... imagine that the next time you have a pork chop

    October 2, 2012 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
  5. Jonathan

    I believe it was Wu's pigs. The police are looking for Al Swearengen for questioning

    October 2, 2012 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  6. Damn Yankee

    Go vegetarian!

    October 2, 2012 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
  7. Giggidy...

    Eeeeeeeeeeeeeewww disgusting!!!!

    October 2, 2012 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
  8. iceload9

    Another reminder that animals are animals. You never know how one will react.

    October 2, 2012 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Jon

      Just like humans are animals and you never know how one is going to react.

      October 2, 2012 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  9. T

    I'll bet something like this will show up as a movie on the Sci-Fi Channel in a month or so, for sure !

    October 2, 2012 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  10. Linda Dietz

    Has anyone read Zoo by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge yet? Sounds like things are beginning to happen.

    October 2, 2012 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  11. Charles Darwin

    I didn't see this coming.

    October 2, 2012 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  12. Anne

    No that is being disrespectful to the pigs.

    October 2, 2012 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  13. TRON

    If he had a heart attack or a stroke and died he would have just been food for them after he died.

    October 2, 2012 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  14. MadJerry

    I find it more likely that he died from a heart attack and was then consumed. Pigs are known for eating almost anything.

    October 2, 2012 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  15. Josh

    Wasn't this in a recent episode of "Hell on Wheels" (AMC)?

    Good way to get rid of a body, with no possible questions.

    October 2, 2012 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
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