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Dog teams to return to search for missing 9-year-old girl

May 9, 2019

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — Authorities plan to resume the search this weekend for a 9-year-old girl who ran away from a children’s home in western South Dakota more than three months ago.

Six dog teams plus their handlers will search for Serenity Dennard on Friday and Saturday. The dog teams from South Dakota and Colorado will search a 2-mile radius around the Black Hills Children’s Home. The Pennington County Sheriff’s Office says up to 30 people are expected to be involved in this weekend’s search.

Serenity ran away from the children’s home on Feb. 3. Numerous searches have been conducted since then.

The search changed from a rescue to a recovery effort not long after the girl went missing. Authorities say Serenity likely wouldn’t have survived if she was outside in subzero temperatures.

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