ANAHUAC, Texas — A 59-year-old caretaker found dead Sunday morning outside of a home in Anahuac was attacked and killed by wild hogs according to the autopsy.
The autopsy results showed the cause of death as 'exsanguination due to feral hog assault,' meaning she bled to death.
Chambers County Sheriff Brian Hawthorne said it's a "very rare incident," and less than 6 of these deaths have been reported in the U.S.
Hawthorne said the family she was caring for have about 10 or 12 acres, and "the feral hogs have taken over some of their family land."
Authorities said the body of Christine Rollins, of Liberty, was found in the front yard of a home in the 4000 block of State Highway 61. Rollins was the caretaker of an elderly couple who lives at the home, authorities said.
When Rollins didn't show up to the home at the normal time, the 84-year-old homeowner went outside and found her body in the yard between her vehicle and the front door, investigators said.
She had multiple injuries to her body, including a head injury consistent with a fall as well as "numerous injuries that appear to be animal-related," according to authorities.
She had been taking care of the family for more than a year according to Hawthorne.
"I want to especially send my condolences to the Rollins family. It's unbelievably tragic," Hawthorne said.
Sheriff says wild hogs have been a problem in the area and a lot of neighbors have called complaining the animals were tearing up their front yards.
The sheriff’s office has even put out traps to see if they can trap one.
The sheriff says wild hogs are dangerous, travel in packs, but they're rampant in Texas. If folks do encounter one, it's best to stay away, and call Texas Wildlife Services at (979) 845-6201.