A 69-year-old farmer in Riverton, Oregon has been reportedly eaten by his own pigs. Authorities are still investigating the shocking event and it is still unknown whether the man was attacked or if he fell inside the pig pen.
When Terry Vance Garner didn't return from feeding his pigs last Wednesday one of his family members went to check on him. According to the Register-Guard Newspaper of Eugene, Oregon his family member found Garner's dentures and remains throughout the pig pen.
Garner raised pigs that were up to 700 lbs. According to the Register-Guard authorities are trying to figure out whether Garner could have experienced a heart attack and the fell into the pen or if foul play was involved. A forensic anthropologist at the University of Oregon will investigate the case as a pathologist was unable to determine the cause of death from the remains.
"Further searching of the enclosure revealed that Mr. Garner's body was in several pieces, with a great majority of the body having been consumed by the hogs," Coos County Dist. Atty. R. Paul Frasier Frasier said reported the LA Times.
Garner's brother said to the LA Times that he was an animal lover and it was reported that the pig's piglets were used for 4-h projects for young people in town. "He couldn't do anything else with them. He wouldn't sell them to eat, or anything else," his brother said.
According to NBC News this this incident of pigs eating farmers isn't a solitary occurence. In 2004 a woman in Romania was eaten by pigs after she was knocked unconscious by them.
The Telegraph also reported that in England a man was pinned to a tractor by a boar while it tried to eat his arm, back and legs.