Pennington County approves $73K budget supplement to Search & Rescue in the wake of Serenity Dennard Case

RAPID CITY, SD — The search for Serenity Dennard has been one of the most extensive in state history, and one of the most expensive.

The Pennington County commission approved a $73,000 budget supplement to Search & Rescue, up from their normal budget of $44,000 annually.

The money will come from a federal fund which is normally spent on tree work in the Black Hills National Forest, but will now be used for the search for serenity as well as other rescue operations throughout the year.

According to Pennington County Sheriff Kevin Thom, “These are dollars above and beyond what we had budgeted for the year. We have some extra costs for the search for Serenity. The year is early yet and we will have a number of searches on the federal grounds throughout the year.”

If the weather allows, search crews and volunteer dog teams will be back out this weekend to search for the nine-year-old girl who has been missing since February 3rd.

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