Search for missing girl continues for 3rd day

Tuesday morning, teams are briefed before setting out on the third day of searching for...
Tuesday morning, teams are briefed before setting out on the third day of searching for 9-year-old Serenity Dennard, missing since Sunday. (KOTA)
Published: Feb. 5, 2019 at 11:44 AM CST
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More than 100 people, some with dogs, continue for the third day to search for a 9-year-old girl who ran away from the Children’s Home Society near Rockerville.

Tuesday’s search is centering on the general area of the children’s home, within a one-mile radius.

The Pennington County Sheriff’s Office is also requesting that anyone with a game camera in the area take a look at the video and let them know if they see anything related to the missing girl.

In searching for Serenity Dennard, deputies have gone door-to-door speaking with neighbors, as well as looking in outbuildings, log piles; hay bales … anywhere a child might hide or take refuge from the dangerously cold weather. The Civil Air Patrol is also involved in the search.

According to a release from the sheriff’s office, the public helped find a couple that saw Dennard Sunday. Investigators now have a better-defined timeline of events. Dennard was last seen about 10:45 a.m. Sunday when she left the children’s home.

Dennard 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.

If anyone has seen Dennard or had contact with her, call the sheriff’s office at 605-394-6115.

AT&T boosts search and rescue communications

Communication between search and rescue teams can be daunting in the best of conditions. 

The terrain around Rockerville is an additional hurdle as people try stay in contact as they search for 9-year-old Serenity Dennard. 

That’s where AT&T comes to the aid of rescuers. The communications company brought in booster trucks and extra phones to help with efforts.