Search for missing 9-year-old to resume Friday

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RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA TV) -- After two days off because of inclement weather, search and rescue workers will head back out Friday in search of a 9-year-old girl who ran off Sunday from the Black Hills Children's Home near Rockerville.

Pennington County Search and Rescue teams will be resume their efforts to find Serenity Dennard who fled the residential treatment facility for children who may have suffered trauma or have behavioral needs.
Search and Rescue Team Leader Tammy Stadel said that seven dogs teams -- typically one dog and one handler -- are coming in from out of the area to join the search on Saturday.

All of the out-of-area dog teams are trained to detect people who are deceased. We asked Stadel if the searches will focus on new areas and said that was not necessarily the case. She said that some of the teams will go over territory already searched based on studying the territory and using experience and research to determine the places Serenity most likely might be.

"Typically, when you have children between the ages of 8 and 12 they are going to follow the path of least resistance, they're going to avoid hazardous areas so overhangs, cliffs areas like that they're going to avoid," said Stadel. "They're going to go down drainages, they're going to go down fence lines. So that's kind of the statistics behind it."