Search continues for missing 9-year-old girl

ROCKERVILLE, S.D. (KOTA TV) - More resources are being poured into the search for a 9-year-old girl who went missing Sunday from the Children’s Home Society on South Rockerville Road.

The Civil Air Patrol joined the search by air and ground when efforts resumed at 7 a.m. Monday.

Pennington County deputies, Pennington County Search and Rescue, Custer County Search and Rescue, Rockerville Volunteer Fire Department, Rapid City Fire Department and at least three dogs searched the area until 10 p.m. Sunday. Searchers used hand-held thermal imaging devices. Deputies stayed all night patrolling the area.

Serenity Dennard was last seen at 11:20 a.m. at the Children’s home. She is a Caucasian female, 4 feet 7 inches tall, weighing 90 pounds; with blue eyes and shoulder length dirty blonde hair. She was last seen wearing only a long sleeved grey shirt with flowers, blue jeans and snow boots.

In a release, the sheriff’s office stated that the public offers to help are appreciation; however, the search needs to be done by professional search and rescue crews.

“We encourage anyone living in the Rockerville and Highway 16 area to search their outbuildings and property,” the release stated. If anyone has seen or had contact with Serenity Dennard, contact the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office at (605) 394-6115.