Search continues for missing 9-year-old girl

PENNINGTON COUNTY, S.D. (KSFY) - The search for a missing 9-year-old girl in Pennington County continued Saturday.

The Pennington County Sheriff’s Office expanded the search to a two and a half mile radius on Saturday looking for Serenity Dennard.

Seven specialised K-9 dogs and their handlers were used in the search as well as two helicopters with spotters.

The Pennington County Sheriff’s Office thanked Rockerville’s Gaslight Restaurant “for donating lunch for all the searchers.”

She was last seen on Sunday on South Rockerville Road. Police say that she ran away from a residential youth home amid frigid weather.

The Pennington County Sheriff’s Office says if the girl was outside, it’s unlikely she survived because she wasn’t dressed for the weather. Authorities say their efforts are now focused on finding her body.

If you have any information on Dennard, you should call the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office.

The search is scheduled to resume on Sunday morning.