Death of farmer eaten by pigs: Probe continues in 2013

Death of farmer eaten by pigs: Probe continues in 2013
A farmer's hogs ate too much of his body for a forensics expert to determine what caused the man's death, the Coos County District Attorney said. Read the full story here

COQUILLE, Ore.--- The investigation over a Riverton farmer's bizzare death last October will continue in 2013.

 

The remains of Terry Vance Garner, 70, were found on his farm near the unincorprated town of Riverton between Bandon and Coquille. According to Coos County District Attorney Paul Fraiser, Garner's hogs ate too much of his body for a forensics expert to determine what caused his death at the scene of the accident.

His body was sent for further examination to a forensic anthropologist at the University of Oregon in an attempt to determine what caused his death. 

Frasier said in October investigators will also work to rule out if Garner was the victim of foul play, and on Dec. 31, Fraiser told KCBY that the investigation had not yet been completed.

"Due to the unusual circumstances," Frasier said in October, "the Sheriff's Office is investigating to determine if foul play may have resulted in the death of Mr. Garner."

Frasier hopes the expert from the UO can provide further insight into what led to Garner's death.

Right now the cause of death is listed as "undetermined," and Fraiser has repeatedly told KCBY since the incident that he is not fully satisfied yet that Garner died of a health problem while in the process of feeding his animals.