( 4UMF NEWS ) Hungry Hogs Eat Farmer:
A family member of an Oregon pig farmer discovered his relative’s body parts scattered across the pen — a gruesome find leaving authorities to believe it was a case of hog eats human.
A pathologist couldn’t immediately determine whether the pigs were the actual cause of 70-year-old Terry Garner’s death, but a forensic expert at the University of Oregon will conduct further tests, CBS affiliate KCBY reported Monday.
“What a way,” someone who answered the phone at Garner’s home told NBC News.
Investigators aren’t ruling out the possibility another person could have been involved.
Garner was at his farm near rural Riverton last Wednesday, when a family member went looking for him, according to The Register-Guard.
Garner’s dentures were first spotted inside the hog enclosure, and then other random body parts were located — although most of him had already been devoured, the newspaper added.
The Coos County Sheriff’s Office has a couple of theories on what occurred: Garner could have suffered a medical emergency, such as a heart attack, leaving him in “a position where the hogs could consume him,” according to a statement.
In another scenario, the swine — weighing about 700 pounds each — may have knocked Garner down, overwhelming him before killing him, authorities said.
It’s unclear exactly how many pigs live on the farm, but police believe one of them had been aggressive toward Garner before. Pigs are omnivorous, and have previously been known to feast on people.