Authorities Narrowing the Search Area in Missing Girl Case

South Dakota News April 8, 2019



Authorities Narrowing the Search Area in Missing Girl Case

ROCKERVILLE, SD. (AP) — Authorities are narrowing the search area as they continue looking for a missing 9-year-old girl who ran away from a residential treatment facility near Rockerville two months ago.

Searchers on foot cleared four areas Saturday, April 6, with a team of about 30-40 people. Authorities plan to bring in more K-9 units next weekend, weather permitting.

Recent improved weather conditions have provided for a safer and more effective outdoor search. In addition to the ground investigation, 335 people have been interviewed including potential out-of-state sightings. Five search warrants have also been issued.

Anyone living in the Rockerville, Foster Gulch and Highway 16 area is being asked to search their property and outbuildings.

Serenity Dennard disappeared in frigid weather Feb. 3 when she ran away from Black Hills Children’s Home. Authorities say she was not dressed for the weather and that it’s unlikely she survived if she was outside.

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

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