A missing Polish farmer is feared to have been eaten by pigs after his remains were found by a neighbor, a prosecutor said Thursday.

According to local reports, the man, identified as 71-year-old Krzysztof, went missing on New Year’s Eve. Earlier this week, his remains were found by a neighbor who immediately informed the emergency services.

Confirming the same, prosecutor spokesperson Magdalena Serafin said, “A man's body was found by a neighbor who informed the emergency services. The man was last seen on December 31 when he went to get water from his well, where the corpse was found. It seems the pigs ate him.”

Though it was not clear how the farmer died, there were two probabilities. While prosecutors believe that the man collapsed from a suspected heart attack following which he was eaten by 12 Hungarian Mangalica pigs, the neighbors believe he was eaten by the animals after he fell asleep.

“He forgot to give the pigs food and probably fell asleep. These pigs are gigantic, they run all over the property, it wouldn't have been difficult for them to get him. We are afraid of them and don't go anywhere near,” a neighbor said.

Meanwhile, Katarzyna Trotzek from the Chrumkowo pig asylum does not believe that the corpse was eaten by the pigs.

“We have contact with pigs every day. They come to us from various places, sometimes they have been starved and kept in boxes with others which are already dead. Those that survived, despite hunger, did not start eating corpses. It's hard for me to believe that they would have done this,” Trotzek said.

The investigation into the case was ongoing.

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