Medical examiners in Jefferson County confirmed Monday that a woman found dead in the front lawn of an elderly Anahuac couple’s home was killed by feral hogs.
Chambers County Sheriff Brian Hawthorne said the autopsy on 59-year-old Christine Rollins of Liberty was completed by Dr. Selly Rivers of the Jefferson County Medical Examiners Office.
“There were a lot of things related to the death that did not add up,” Hawthorne said. “There were some animal bites. But her death has now been ruled death due to feral hog assault. We suspected that, but that was not something we could come close to announcing until we received word from the medical examiner’s office.”
Hawthorne said someone being killed by feral hogs is a rare occurrence.
“Based on research, only six have been reported in the nation,” Hawthorne said. “I am not sure about Texas, but I hope we never have another one in Chambers County.”
Hawthorne said the couple’s home where Rollins’ body was found is in the 4000 block of Highway 61 in Anahuac. It sits on 10 to 12 acreage of pasture and woods.
“Feral hogs had taken over the land,” Hawthorne said.
Hawthorne said Rollins’ death is clearly an assault, but it was ruled an accident since it was animals involved and not humans.
Hawthorne said Rollins appeared to have arrived at the home at her normal time Sunday morning, around 6 to 6:30 a.m.
“It was still dark,” he said. “The hogs generally move at this time, and it looked like she was walking to the front door when she was attacked by the animals.”
Although there were dogs around Rollins’ body, Hawthorne feels they ran the hogs off and did not have any role in attacking the woman.
Hawthorne stressed the public be wary of feral hogs if they have to venture out in remote areas of the county.
“The encounters are not that frequent, but please avoid them,” Hawthorne said.
Hawthorne said some hunt the hogs by using a helicopter.
“The hog population is not any worse today than it has been within the last few years, but population not going down,” Hawthorne said.