Search Efforts For Serenity Dennard Continue


A weekend search for Serenity Dennard has come up empty. The nine-year old girl walked away from the Black Hills Children’s Home Society and hasn’t been seen in nearly two months.

This weekend’s weather finally allowed crews to search for Serenity Dennard around the Rockerville area. On Saturday nearly 100 people helped, including 10 K9 teams and two aircraft.

“We’re continuing to either eliminate areas, and trying to focus on what we might say this is the higher priority areas, just systematically working through the region, just a lot of ground to cover,” Pennington County Sheriff Kevin Thom said.

The recent warmer weather played a role in getting the search started again, after weeks of delay.

“The snow is melting sufficiently.  We had to listen to our K9 handlers.  They said until they have enough snow melt, and the terrain is clear and the temps are higher, the dogs aren’t effective, so we were really driven by the K9 handlers,” Thom said.

Now that the weather is cooperating, you can expect to hear about more searches in the near future. 

“We try to be optimistic in our business, all the first responders have been out there and have worked so hard and put in a lot of time and effort,” Thom said. 

 Thom says they are continuing the investigation. He says they’ve interviewed more than 260 people, and they will be meeting to discuss what the next couple of weeks will look like in terms of searches.

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