UPDATE: Search for missing 9-year-old transitions to recovery effort

PENNINGTON COUNTY, S.D. (KSFY) - UPDATE:

Authorities say the search for a missing 9-year-old Pennington County girl has transitioned into a recovery effort.

In the last three days, more than 200 personnel and six canines have been assigned to the search.

The Pennington County Sheriff's Office said it has not ruled out the possibility that she found some place warm to shelter or that someone picked her up.

Serenity is 4'9" tall, 90 pounds, with blue eyes and shoulder-length dark blonde hair. She was last seen wearing only a long-sleeved gray shirt with flowers, blue jeans and snow boots.

Anyone who sees Serenity or has contact with her should call 605-394-6135 immediately.

The sheriff's office said circumstances of Serenity’s disappearance did not meet the criteria for an Amber Alert, which includes credible evidence that a child under 18 years old has been abducted.

Given the dangerous weather conditions an Endangered Missing Advisory was issued Monday by the state of South Dakota.
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ORIGINAL STORY:

More than 100 people and several dogs are continuing the search for a 9-year-old Pennington County girl Tuesday.

Authorities say Serenity Dennard left the Black Hills Children’s Home Sunday around 10:45 a.m. not dressed for the cold weather.

Serenity is 4'9" tall, 90 pounds, with blue eyes and shoulder-length dark blonde hair. She was last seen wearing only a long-sleeved gray shirt with flowers, blue jeans and snow boots.

For three days deputies having been going door-to-door speaking with neighbors and looking in outbuildings, log piles, hay bales, and anywhere a child might hide or take refuge.

Authorities said Tuesday’s focus is on the general area of the Children's Home campus within one mile radius.

Thanks to the public, investigators were able to speak with a couple who may have been the last to see Serenity before she went missing.

No other details have been released.

Anyone who sees Serenity or has contact with her should call 605-394-6135 immediately.