Search for missing girl back on

By Gray Hughes

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UPDATE: According to the Pennington County Sheriff Office’s Facebook page, after seven hours of searching Wednesday, Dennard was not found. Over 80 people, two K-9 teams and one helicopter searched the area. In their post, the sheriff’s office said they will resume searching this weekend as weather permits.

The search for Serenity Dennard is set to resume Wednesday, according to a  Monday, March 25 post to the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page.

The improved weather will allow for the sheriff’s office to conduct both air and ground searches, the office said in the post.

“The rugged terrain, along with harsh winter weather, has been a hinderance in the recovery efforts for (Dennard),” the office said in their post on Facebook. “However, over the past few weeks, there has been continuous planning and preparation for these upcoming searches.”

In order to have an effective search, the weather needed to improve, the office said, to ensure the search using K-9s and helicopters is more effective.

If necessary, the sheriff’s office will continue is  search for Serenity March 30-31.

In the event the weather or logistics prohibits a search over the weekend, an alternate search will be planned for April 6 or 7, the office said.

“This will be a large-scale search involving many partner agencies,” the office said. “At this time, we have a significant search party and are not requesting additional volunteers.”

On a March 20 Facebook post, the office said the search will be a “large scale” search which will involve “most of the agencies that previously assisted.”

As of March 20, the office said it also plans to have seven K-9 teams to support efforts.

“The weather conditions have now improved enough for the K-9 teams, ground searchers and air support to be most effective in searching the area,” the office said in the March 20 post. “However, as we stated previously, the ground search for (Dennard) is just one aspect to this investigation.”

Dennard is a Caucasian female, 4 foot 9 inches in the 90 to 100 pound range. She is described as having blue eyes and shoulder length dark blonde hair.

She was last seen wearing only a long sleeved gray shirt with flowers, blue jeans and snow boots. The sheriff’s office said she was not dressed for the cold weather.

“We continue to encourage anyone living in the Rockerville, Foster Gulch and Highway 16 area to search their property and outbuildings,” the sheriff’s office said. “Again, if anyone has tips regarding the whereabouts of Serenity Dennard, please contact the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office at 605-394-6115.”