According to the Coos County Sheriff's Office, Garner got up early Wednesday morning and began the regular task of feeding several 700-pound hogs that he kept on his farm. Family members became concerned when Garner hadn't returned for several hours.
When family members began searching for Garner, they found only a set of dentures near an enclosure that is used to house the specialty size . Further investigation revealed that the hogs had eaten most of Garner's body, and had scattered several remaining pieces of his corpse around the pen.
The parts of Garner's body that remained was examined by a pathologist on Saturday who was unable to determine how the man died. Several scenarios for the man's death are being considered, including the possibility that Garner may have suffered a heart attack while feeding the hogs.
Investigators are also considering the possibility that Garner was attacked by one of the hogs. Once he was knocked to the ground, the hogs might have considered him a tasty alternative to the meal they are normally fed.
The Coos County district attorney's office issued a statement Monday, claiming that one of the hogs had been aggressive with Garner in the past.
Terry Garner was a Vietnam veteran who suffered post-traumatic stress disorder, according to his brother, Michael Garner.
"When he moved to that farm, it turned out to be a real life-saver for him," said Garner.
Garner's remains will now be sent to a forensic anthropologist from the University of Oregon for further analysis.
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