The Pennington County Sheriff’s Office wants to speak with potential witnesses about 9-year-old Serenity Dennard, who went missing from the Children’s Home Society in the Black Hills southwest of Rapid City on Sunday.
A male and female couple were cutting wood in the area of Foster Gulch and South Rockerville Road. They spoke with Children’s Home staff on Sunday between 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m, according to Argus.
The couple is described as being in their late 20s or early 30s, and they were driving a pickup truck. Deputies said they want to speak with the couple to determine a better timeline of the girl’s disappearance and direction of travel.
According to the Pennington County Police Department, Serenity Dennard went missing around 11:20 am on Sunday, February 3, 2019. She is from Sturgis, SD, and police think she may be trying to go home.
She was last seen leaving the Children's Home Society, which is located in the Roverville area. She has been missing ever since, and police fear she was outside in the -5-degree weather and snow.
Dennard is described as a Caucasian female, 4’7”, 90 pounds, with blue eyes and shoulder length dirty blonde hair. She was last seen wearing only a long-sleeved grey shirt with flowers, blue jeans, and snow boots.
The Civil Air Patrol joined the rescue effort by air and ground Monday morning. Pennington County Deputies, Pennington County Search and Rescue, Custer County Search and Rescue, Rockerville Volunteer Fire Department, Rapid City Fire Department and at least three dogs searched for Dennard until 10 pm Sunday. Searchers used hand-held thermal imaging devices.
Deputies stayed all night patrolling the area and the search resumed with additional resources Monday at 7 am. They have not issued an Amber Alert because there is not credible evidence that she has been abducted.
The police asked everyone living the area to search their properties and outbuildings for Serenity. If anyone has seen or had contact with Serenity Dennard, please contact the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office at (605) 394-6115.
Please join us in praying that Serenity is somewhere safe. It's very scary to have a child missing in below zero temperatures.