Community members start their own mission to find Serenity Dennard

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RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA TV) - As the snow begins to melt, search and rescue teams are expected to resume their efforts for missing 9-year-old Serenity Dennard who hasn't been seen in six weeks.

In the meantime community members will start their own mission.

State Senator Lynne DiSanto (R-District 35) is taking matters into her own hands. She's gathering volunteers to help scour the area around Rockerville Sunday, March 24.

They'll be looking for anything that could help in the case.

DiSanto started this by creating a Facebook post, ultimately gaining traction from people who want to be involved but she has no idea how many people will actually show.

Volunteers with a medical background are specifically being sought out.

"People were calling me and asking me what's happening, what's going on, and a lot of people felt like there wasn't enough being done. I know that our sheriff's department and search and rescue have been working very hard on this, and I give them a lot of credit for their work but the community is concerned and cares and wants to do what they can do," said DiSanto.

The Pennington County Sheriff's Office is aware of the community search but they're not endorsing it.