“If anyone has seen or had contact with Serenity Dennard, please contact the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office at (605) 394-6115.”
RAPID CITY, South Dakota- The Pennington County Sheriff’s Office is asking hunters to review footage from trail cameras on the third day since a 9 year-old girl walked away from a Rockerville group home. They say more than 100 people and and at least four dogs continue searching the area around the Children’s Home including 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 the Civil Air Patrol.
They also have interviewed a couple that was cutting wood that saw the child in an attempt to establish a time line.
Serenity Dennard is a white 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, the agency said in a statement.
Bill Colson, The director of the children’s home said that Serenity walked away during a gym activity before noon on Sunday. He said two staff members were monitoring the children. One child left the gym and was followed by a staff member and when Serenity left the other, an adult couldn’t chase her because she was responsible for the two other children, Colson said.
“Unfortunately once and awhile they get away from us,” Colson also said.
Temperatures in the area have been sub zero, with highs only reaching into the teens.
“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, ” the Sheriff’s Department said. “If anyone has a game camera set up in the area, you’re encouraged to look at your footage and let authorities know if you see anything. We continue to encourage anyone living in the Rockerville, Foster Gulch and Highway 16 area to search their property and outbuildings.”
If anyone has seen or had contact with Serenity Dennard, please contact the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office at (605) 394-6115.