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The search for a missing 9-year-old girl continues today.
courtesy of Pennington County Sheriff's Office
The search for a missing 9-year-old girl continues today.

Authorities contact couple to gain more insight on girl's disappearance


News Staff - February 4, 2019

RAPID CITY, S.D. - The search continues for nine year old Serenity Dennard, who left the Black Hills Children’s Home Sunday, February 3, 2019, before noon.

According to the Pennington County Sheriff's office, they were able to catch up with the couple they were searching for in order to gain some more information as to where Serenity may have headed when she ran away from the home.

"We thank the public for helping to locate the couple cutting wood. Investigators have been able to speak with them to better define a timeline of events. Serenity was last seen about 10:45 Sunday morning leaving the facility," the sheriff's office stated.

More than 100 people including dogs are looking for Serenity on this third day of the search in dangerously cold weather in and around the Children’s Home. Deputies have been going door to door speaking with neighbors and looking in outbuildings, log piles, hay bales, anywhere a child might hide or take refuge.

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.

Pennington County Deputies, Pennington County Search and Rescue, Custer County Search and Rescue, Rapid City Police Department, Rockerville Volunteer Fire Department, Rapid City Fire Department and Civil Air Patrol ground troops are working hard to find Serenity. Tuesday’s focus is on the general area of the campus within one mile radius. A lot of manpower and assets are in search mode.

Searchers say if anyone has a game camera set up in the area, they're encouraged to look at its footage and let authorities know if they see anything.

"We continue to encourage anyone living in the Rockerville, Foster Gulch and Highway 16 area to search their property and outbuildings. Again, if anyone has seen or had contact with Serenity Dennard, please contact the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office at (605) 394-6115."



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