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Bandon, Oregon- Oregon authorities know only two things for sure about the death of 70-year-old farmer Terry Vance Garner: He died Wednesday and his hogs ate most of him, according to news reports.
A relative found Garner's dentures and pieces of his body in the hog enclosure after Garner didn't return from feeding his 700-pound animals that morning on his farm in Riverton, near the coast, the Associated Press says.
The Coos County district attorney's office said today that one hog had either bitten or been aggressive with Garner in the past. District Attorney Paul Fraiser told The Register-Guard that Garner may have had a heart attack or other medical emergency, or perhaps knocked down by the hogs. But investigators aren't yet ruling out criminality by humans.
Last year, one of the large sows bit Terry Garner after he had accidentally stepped on one of the piglets.
“He said he was going to kill it, but when I asked him about it later, he said he had changed his mind,” Michael Garner said.
John Killefer, who heads the Animal and Rangeland Sciences Department at Oregon State University in Corvallis, called the incident involving Terry Garner both “very unfortunate” and highly unusual.
The local press says that a forensic pathologist examined Garner's body Saturday, and that a forensic anthropologist from the University of Oregon will also examine the remains.