October 3, 2012

Farmer eaten by pigs

Oregon farmer eaten by his pigs

Terry Vance Garner, 69, went to feed his animals last Wednesday on his farm by the coast, but never returned.  His dentures and pieces of his body were found by a family member in the pig enclosure, but the rest of his remains had been consumed.

The Coos County district attorney's office said that one of the animals had previously bitten Garner. The animals are estimated by the authorities to each weigh about 700lb  Investigators say it is possible that the hogs knocked Garner over before killing and eating him.  But they have not ruled out the possibility that the farmer could have collapsed from a medical emergency, such as a heart attack.

Garner was a Vietnam war veteran who suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder, according to his brother, and the farm had been a "life-saver" for him.

Michael Garner said one of the hogs had bitten his brother last year, after he had 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," he told the Register-Guard.

Coos County District Attorney Paul Frasier told the local newspaper: "For all we know, it was a horrific accident, but it's so doggone weird that we have to look at all possibilities."
Posted by Jill Fallon at October 3, 2012 2:13 PM | Permalink