Search efforts to find Serenity Dennard resume

RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA TV) - Official recovery efforts for missing Serenity Dennard will resume Saturday, March 30, according to a release from the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office.

Serenity ran away from the Black Hills Children’s Home Feb. 3 and hasn’t been seen since. The initial search for 9-year-old Serenity went on for several weeks before weather forced a halt of the active search.

“The weather conditions have now improved enough for the K-9 teams, ground searchers and air support to be most effective in searching the area. However, as we stated previously, the ground search for Serenity is just one aspect to this investigation,” according to the sheriff’s office release.

The new search efforts will be on a large scale, involving most of the agencies in the previous searches, including about seven K-9 teams. “At this time, we have the number of searchers needed and are not requesting additional volunteers,” the release stated.

This search is separate from a private effort organized by state Senator Lynne DiSanto for Sunday, March 24.

Serenity is a Caucasian female, 4 foot 9 inches, 90-100 pounds, with blue eyes and shoulder length dark blonde hair. She was last seen wearing only a long sleeved grey shirt with flowers, blue jeans and snow boots. She was not dressed for the cold weather.

People living in the Rockerville, Foster Gulch and Highway 16 area are asked to search their property and outbuildings.

If anyone has tips regarding the whereabouts of Serenity, contact the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office at (605) 394-6115.