RAPID CITY, S.D. – Rapid City authorities say a girl that was the focus of Serenity Dennard in a Facebook post was not her.
The Facebook post featuring an older man with a young girl who looked similar to the missing girl drew attention. It was taken in the Las Vegas area.
Authorities in Nevada followed up on the post and determined there was no crime committed and the girl was not Serenity.
The person who posted the original photos on Facebook had stated the man and the girl appeared to be “making out” in a store. But Las Vegas police say in a statement that there was misinformation.
Their statement read “Our preliminary investigation has determined that the juvenile is not the young girl reported missing from South Dakota as was suggested on social media,” LVMPD said in a statement. “We ask the public to disregard the false Facebook post which has delivered misinformation.”
Serenity Dennard has been missing since running away from the BH Children’s Home in February of last year.
The Pennington County Sheriff’s Office say their investigation in Serenity’s disappearance continues. They have followed over 230 leads in 36 states since she ran away.
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RAPID CITY, S.D. – The Pennington County Sheriff’s Office says they are aware of a sighting that bares resemblance to Serenity Dennard – the little girl who has been missing since February of 2019.
In a Facebook post, the Sheriff’s Office says they were made aware of a post out of the Las Vegas area regarding a young girl who looks similar to Serenity.
It is one of many the department has received over the past year in their investigation of the little girl’s disappearance.
Serenity darted away from the Black Hills Children’s Home in early February last year and hasn’t been seen since. The consensus is that she froze to death somewhere in the area. Searches so far have not found her, although cadaver dogs have hit on possible human remains.
Pennington County says their investigation division is currently looking into the current sighting.
The current sighting includes a girl with an older male. The post has also garnered the attention of the Las Vegas P.D. who are also investigating.
Officials have said in the past they take all sightings seriously and continue to investigate Serenity’s disappearance.