A 20-year-old man with autism who went missing in North Chicago was located by a good Samaritan during a ground search involving fire rescue canines, officials said.
The North Chicago Police Department said on Friday they were seeking the help of the community in locating a missing person.
The 20-year-old man, who has autism, was last seen near the U.S. Post Office at 15th Street and Sheridan Road around 11:45 a.m. Friday.
The K9/Drone Search and Rescue Strike Team was notified and activated to assist in the search.
The missing person had been gone for approximately eight hours when the team responded with multiple canines, ground units and chief officers.
The police department confirmed around 10:15 p.m. Friday the man had been located.
Search crews were two miles into the track when the missing man was located by a Good Samaritan ahead of the search crews.
The family was able to be reunited with their loved one.
“Great job to all that helped and played a role in making sure this family will have a Merry Christmas together,” the K9/Drone Search and Rescue Strike Team said. “Team work makes the dream work.”
The Lincolnshire-Riverwoods Fire Protection District, West Chicago Fire Protection District, Roselle Fire Department and Romeoville Fire Department assisted.