Police lieutenant talks joining the search for Serenity Dennard

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — They answered the call, and now local law enforcement are back from Pennington County after searching for a missing nine-year old girl. 

No one has seen Serenity Dennard in more than three months. Six officers from the Sioux Falls Police Department are among the agencies stepping up to help. The command post is just west of Sun County Estates on the northbound pull-off on Highway 16. The search includes a 2-and-half mile radius from the Children’s Home Society. 

“It’s certainly rugged terrain and it’s a lot of work for the searchers,” Lt. David McIntire, Sioux Falls Police Dept., said. 

Six Sioux Falls officers spent all day Wednesday out there. One of them was McIntire. 

“You do feel a sense that you’re part of a very critical task because people need closure,” McIntire said. 

About 40 people performed what’s called a grid search in the latest round of efforts to find the little girl. 

“The basis of a grid search is just that. To get searchers in a line and make sure every bit of area is covered,” McIntire said. 

Beyond the search itself, McIntire says it is important for other agencies to help each other like this. 

“It works two ways,” McIntire said. 

Though McIntire wouldn’t get into the specifics of the search, because he says that’s in the hands of Pennington County authorities, he’s glad Sioux Falls agencies could lend a hand. 

“It’s a privilege at the same time. To meet, get to know those partners, because tomorrow, we may be asking for help,” McIntire said. 

If you have information regarding the whereabouts of Serenity, please contact the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office at (605) 394-6115.

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