A drone operator with the K9/Drone Search and Rescue Strike Team located a missing man in a field off of Chardon Road in Round Lake Tuesday evening. | Provided Photos

A search and rescue team drone operator is being hailed for locating an elderly man with dementia in a field in Round Lake after he went missing Tuesday.

The Round Lake Police Department announced Tuesday afternoon they were searching for a 67-year-old Round Lake man.

The man, who has dementia, could be attracted to water, police said.

He was last seen around 12 p.m. in the area of Arden Lane in Round Lake after leaving his residence.

Police officials said he was believed to be on foot and an active search was launched.

A drone operator with the K9/Drone Search and Rescue Strike Team located a missing man in a field off of Chardon Road in Round Lake Tuesday evening. | Provided Photos

The K9/Drone Search and Rescue Strike Team was dispatched to assist the police department in the search. The Lake County Sheriff’s Office, Round Lake Beach Police Department and Round Lake Park Police Department also responded.

The team was able to respond with multiple chiefs, drones, canines and UTVs.

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Firefighter Jon Hutchins of the Niles Fire Department lives near the area and was on the scene within minutes of the request, the K9/Drone Search and Rescue Strike Team said.

Hutchins deployed his drone and within 20 minutes was able to detect a heat signature in a field south of Chardon Road.

The heat signature ended up being the missing man. The drone pilot was able to direct police officers to the subject.

The man was found cold but in good condition, according to the K9/Drone Search and Rescue Strike Team.

“A sincere thanks to all! Great teamwork led to a missing person being located safe and reunited with his family!” the Round Lake Police Department said.