Search for missing 9-year-old to resume Friday

PENNINGTON COUNTY, S.D. (KSFY) - After two days off because of inclement weather, search and rescue workers will head back out Friday in search of a 9-year-old girl who ran off Sunday from the Black Hills Children's Home near Rockerville.

Pennington County Search and Rescue teams will be resume their efforts to find Serenity Dennard, who fled the residential treatment facility for children who may have suffered trauma or have behavioral needs.

Search and Rescue Team Leader Tammy Stadel told KOTA that seven dogs teams -- typically one dog and one handler -- are coming in from out of the area to join the search on Saturday.

All of the out-of-area dog teams are trained to detect people who are deceased.

On Tuesday the search switched to a recovery effort, although the Pennington County Sheriff's Office said it has not ruled out the possibility that Serenity 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.