The search for a missing nine-year-old girl in the Black Hills has switched from a rescue to a recovery operation.
Law enforcement confirms search crews have changed the direction of the search for Serenity Dennard. The girl was last seen on Sunday morning leaving the Children’s Home Society on South Rockerville Road.
“If Serenity was outside, it’s unlikely she survived,” the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement. “We have not ruled out the possibility that she found some place warm to shelter or that someone picked her up.”
Trained search crews were brought in to help locate Serenity along with air crews and also search dogs. More than 200 people worked for days looking for the girl.
Authorities say they will continue to follow up on all leads.
“Sheriff’s Office personnel will remain in the area, but the recovery efforts will be scaled back until crews with specialized canines from Eastern South Dakota and Colorado arrive,” the office said. “These resources have been ordered, but their arrival date has not been confirmed.”
If anyone has seen or had contact with Serenity, contact the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office at (605) 394-6115.