Specially-Trained Dogs Being Brought In To Search For Serenity Dennard

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UPDATED: 3:51 p.m. CST

Nine-year-old Serenity Dennard has now been missing for four days since she left the Black Hills Children’s Home Society Sunday morning.  

Tuesday night, authorities went from rescue to recovery mode. They have pulled back resources until crews from eastern South Dakota and Colorado with search dogs arrive.

“Still keeping out folks up there; still going to neighbors.  Since Sunday, our deputies going door-to-door and anything in and around that property.  We’re still looking with our folks,” PCSO chief deputy Willie Whelchel said.


UPDATED 12:30 p.m. CST

KELOLAND’s Sarah McDonald interviewed Pennington County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Willie Whelchel about the search and recovery of Serenity Dennard. You can see the interview below. 

Whelchel said the winter weather in the Black Hills is slowing down the search efforts on Wednesday. 


10:44 a.m.

The search for a missing nine-year-old girl in the Black Hills has transitioned to a recovery mission.  

Serenity Dennard was last seen Sunday morning when she left the Black Hills Children’s Home on South Rockerville Road.

Members of specialized search crews have looked for her on the ground and from the air in the days since.  On Tuesday evening, the Pennington County’s Sheriff’s Office said if Serenity has been outside the entire time, it’s unlikely she survived.

However, they have not ruled out she could still be found alive in a shelter or may have been picked up by someone.  

Specially-trained dogs from eastern South Dakota and Colorado have been requested to help in the recovery.

KELOLAND’s Sarah McDonald is in Pennington County and will provide updates on the recovery efforts throughout the day.

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