Posted: Oct 01, 2012 5:41 PM EDT Updated: Oct 1, 2012 08:01 PM
By FOX 12 Webstaff - email
COOS BAY, OR (KPTV) -
An Oregon man trying to feed his 700-pound hogs was eaten by the animals Thursday, and sheriff's deputies are trying to determine what led up to his death.
Terry Garner, who lived near the rural town of Riverton in southern Oregon, went to feed the animals on his farm at 7:30 a.m.
When he wasn't seen for several hours, a family member went to look for him, and found Garner's dentures on the ground in front of the hog enclosure, which housed several of the animals.
While searching the hog enclosure, the family member found Garner's body in several pieces, with a majority of it consumed by the hogs, the district attorney said.
Now deputies are investigating how Garner ended up in a position where the hogs were able to eat him.
District Attorney Paul Frasier said there are a number of possible scenarios, including one in which Garner suffered a heart attack. Another possible scenario is that given Garner's age and health, the hogs were able to knock him down and kill him. Frasier said there have been reports that at least one of the hogs had been aggressive toward Garner in the past.
Because of the unusual circumstances surrounding Garner's death, detectives haven't ruled out foul play.
A forensic pathologist examined what little was left of Garner's body over the weekend, but was not able to identify the cause or manner of death.
For now, Garner's cause of death is listed as undetermined, and his remains will be further examined by a forensic anthropologist at the University of Oregon.
Pigs will eat you, ALL of you. I've heard of it before. I was raised on a farm in Ohio and we had a big 'ole boar when I was younger. Dad always told me to never get in the pen with it because "he'll eat you alive" if he can get you on the ground. Thought he was BS'in me until I got older.
I've talked to several pig farmers around here shortly after "Unintended Consequences" came out. All of them agreed that the pigs will eat all but the skull. I have only their comments to report as nobody I know of has performed the experiment.
Wife and I are looking at buying some "boonies" land in southern Missouri. We know about the feral hog problem as well as the black bears moving up from Arkansas, and now sightings of big cats have been on the rise as well. We've already decided that the "house" area of the place will be double fenced with heavy gauge wire and no one goes out on the property without both a rifle and sidearm as well as communication...hogs ain't nothing to mess with especially in a bunch, as this case illustrates as these were "only" farm hogs...