Garner’s family went to look for him after he had returned from leaving to feed his hogs, a few of which reportedly had recently shown signs of aggression. When a family member went to the hog enclosure he found Garner’s dentures on the ground. Further investigation revealed that somehow Garner had ended up being eaten almost completely by the hogs and only a few remains parts of his body were found spread out on the floor of the enclosure.
The Sheriff’s Office released this statement:
There are several 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. Another scenario being investigated is that given the age and health of Mr. Garner, that one or more of the hogs knocked Mr. Garner to the ground, whereupon that hogs killed and consumed him.
A forensic anthropologist from the University of Oregon will inspect the remains to determine a cause of death.