Terry Vance Garner was a Vietnam veteran, suffered from PTSD and found solace in tending to livestock on his Oregon farm. The 69 year old man had a variety of animals, including several hogs, some ranging up to 700 pounds in size.
A week ago, Garner was out early in the morning, transporting some feed from bins to pens, and then wasn’t heard from for several hours. A family member went to the pig enclosure to check on Garner’s whereabouts, and found his dentures in the midst of the pigs. According to the official police report, other remains of Terry Garner were found, but the hogs had eaten most of the man.
The local Coos County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the death, based on the bizarre circumstances. While they believe it to be a terrible accident, they also feel it’s necessary to treat the premises as a crime scene to rule out any incident of foul play.
There are several theories surrounding the accidental death of Garner, including a heart attack, a fall into the hog pen that led him to be trampled and killed by the pigs or even the possibility that he was maliciously attacked by one of the animals.
Ironically, Michael Garner, Terry’s older brother, stated that this farm, and the animals were what “saved” Terry from the downward spiral he found himself in after the war.