SEATTLE — Authorities are still trying to determine what happened to a farmer near Riverton, Ore., who apparently was eaten by his hogs. Whether the animals attacked him or he collapsed inside the pen is unknown.
Terry Vance Garner, 69, was raising several hogs weighing up to 700 pounds. His remains were found last week in the hog enclosure at his farm, but authorities have not been able to determine a cause of death.
“All we know is he died some way, and the pigs ate him. Most of him,” Garner’s brother, Michael Garner, told the Los Angeles Times.
Coos County Dist. Atty. R. Paul Frasier said in a news release that authorities are trying to determine whether Garner was attacked by the animals and knocked to the ground, or whether he perhaps suffered a heart attack or other malady and fell unconscious inside the pen. Foul play has not been ruled out.