Police release new photo of missing man
Garren Beller

Porter County authorities released a more recent photograph Thursday of the man who visited the region last month and then never returned to his Oregon home, leading family members to report him missing.

The man, Garren Rudolph Beller, 38, of Ashland, Ore., was reported missing Nov. 25, four days after he was supposed to be home.

Beller was apparently in Northwest Indiana from Nov. 15 to 19, spending time at a home in Lake Eliza. He visited at least one family member and one friend during his stay.

Beller was reportedly dropped off at a Chicago train station Nov. 19 to take an Amtrak train to Portland Ore., but he never used his ticket.

Coincidentally, the Lake Eliza home where he had been been exploded and burned Nov. 23. The cause has not been determined and nobody was found to be inside the home at the time of the incident.

Anyone who saw Beller -- who is 5-foot-6 and 160 pounds, with shoulder length brown hair and hazel eyes -- is asked to call Porter County Detective Sgt. Erik Wiseman at (219) 477-3136.

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