Farmer Was Eaten By His Hogs, Authorities Say

COQUILLE, Ore. (October 1, 2012)—Farmer Terry Vance Garner, 70, who disappeared after setting out last Wednesday to feed his animals on his farm near the Oregon coast, was eaten by his hogs, the Coos County District Attorney's Office said Monday.

A family member later found Garner's dentures and pieces of his body in the hog enclosure, but most of his remains had been consumed.

The district attorney's office said in a statement Monday that it's possible Garner suffered a medical emergency, such as a heart attack, or was knocked over by the animals before he was killed, but criminal activity has not been ruled out.

Authorities estimate the hogs weigh 700 pounds each.

The DA's office says one hog either bit or behaved aggressively with Garner previously.

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