Chalk another mark up in the “drones for good” column. This week, a Canadian police search operation located an elderly man reported missing by his family with the help of a sensor-loaded DJI Matrice 300 drone.

Search of missing man ends happily thanks to the night-seeing eyes of a drone

Police in the Ontario city of Kingston said they’d successfully located the man in a densely wooded area only about three hours after they’d begun their search. A family member had reported the 80-year-old as missing on Sunday, and Kingston began pinging his telephone to determine his location as being somewhere around the city’s rowing club. After being told by witnesses the man had been seen heading off into an overgrown area nearby, a localized search began at 7 p.m. 

By 10 p.m., cops on the ground successfully located the man – though only after getting some critical help by hi-tech eyes in the sky.

When a party was organized to search for the missing…