RIVERTON, Ore. -- A Coos County man died last week while feeding animals on his farm near Riverton, and police said hogs had eaten most of his body by the time a family member found him.
Terry Vance Garner, 70, was last seen alive when he went to feed the animals at around 7:30 a.m. September 26, according to R. Paul Frasier of the Coos County Sheriff's Office. Several hours later a family member went to find him and discovered his dentures near the hog enclosure.
"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," Frasier said.
The hogs weigh up to 700 pounds, and police received several reports that at least one was aggressive toward Garner in the past. But Frasier said investigators had yet to determine how Garner ended up on the ground.
"There are various scenarios being investigated, including that Mr. Garner had a health event such as a heart attack, which then put him in a position where the hogs could consume him," Frasier said.
Investigators were also looking into the possibility that one or more hogs knocked him to the ground and killed him.
The sheriff's office was also looking into foul play due to the unusual circumstances of the death. A forensic pathologist was not able to determine the cause of death, so the remains were turned over to a forensic anthropologist.
Anyone with information was asked to call the Coos County Sheriff's Office at (541) 396-7800.