Search for Serenity scaled back during Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

Weekend marks six months since the 9-year-old went missing

ROCKERVILLE, S.D. – This weekend marks six months since 9-year-old Serenity Dennard went missing from the Black Hills Children’s home on February 3.

The search has been deemed the most extensive in South Dakota state history as well as the most expensive. The Pennington County Sheriff’s Office has continued searches since her disappearance and followed up on multiple leads.

As we head into the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, the PCSO says law enforcement officials will be shifting focus to policing the increased crowds in town.

“We’ve been trying to get out on the weekends and one day during the week and whether it be with dogs or foot teams,” said Willie Whelchel, Chief Deputy at the PCSO. “So not that we’re putting it on the back burner by no means, but there will probably be some changes for next week.”

Whelchel says they’re still looking to put together a ground team and will continue to work with dog teams in the next few weeks. Following the Rally, he says the searches will pick back up.

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