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SD SERENITY DENNARD: Missing from Rapid City, SD - 3 Feb 2019 - Age 9

Discussion in 'Missing 2015 to Present' started by SheWhoMustNotBeNamed, Feb 4, 2019.

  1. Mel70

    Mel70 Bronze Member

    I think in a situation like this the Military would make sure the Parent is available. I took it the same way. That He was CHOOSING NOT TO SPEAK! And that's just strange. What's the reasoning behind that?!
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  2. Mel70

    Mel70 Bronze Member

    Why is there ABSOLUTELY nothing now! Silence isn't always Golden. :vigil:
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  3. Dobrev

    Dobrev Former Member

    it really is not :(
    and frustrating too.
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  4. Mel70

    Mel70 Bronze Member

    This becomes more ominous EVERY day.
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  5. Canucklady

    Canucklady Well-Known Member

    If I was a Mom with a biological chilld or an adopted child who went missing I know I couldn't be as composed as Serenity's Mom is in the video.
  6. kdg411

    kdg411 Resource Mod

  7. Mel70

    Mel70 Bronze Member

    I agree. She has alot of excuses. She wasn't a Drug addict until after she lost Custody of her "Kids". B.S.!!! I don't believe that for one second!!! Her Parents couldn't get her "Because they both had Felonies". She plays the Victim, When she created them. They were her Children. She said she sees her with other Children And then states she thinks someone picked her up. Which is what I think also. So how many people take Children to create a Happy Camp?...Yeah..."Serenity's" Name is so painfully ironic.
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  8. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Weather conditions allow for continued recovery efforts for Serenity Dennard

    A break in extreme weather conditions is allowing for authorities to continue recovery efforts for the missing 9-year-old Serenity Dennard.

    The Pennington County Sheriff’s Office and many other responding agencies will conduct searches for the missing child on Saturday, March 30 with alternative dates planned for April 6 and 7, if the weather does not continue to cooperate.

    Authorities plan on bringing in at least 7 K-9 teams for the search as well as ground and air support to aid search efforts. Pennington County Sheriff’s Office stated that weather conditions have improved enough for K-9 teams, ground searchers and air support to be more effective in searching the area.

    They are not requesting additional volunteers for the ground search at this time and continue to encourage anyone living in the Rockerville – Foster Gulch and Hwy 16 area to search their property and outbuildings.

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  9. Mel70

    Mel70 Bronze Member

    Thank You "SheWho" for the update. :). Why are they waiting another 9 DAYS?!!! And then stopping again, If no results, Until the following Weekend of 4/6 And 7th?!.
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  10. Mel70

    Mel70 Bronze Member

    I completely agree. If it was one of my "Godchildren or Great Godchildren" I would be beside myself! And that's from the oldest Adult to the youngest Child. I love them like their my own.
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  11. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    'She's Serenity:' Missing girl's parents share daughter's story

    Serenity's room is a constant reminder for Chad, 37, and his wife Kasandra, 25, that Serenity has been missing for nearly two months after running away Feb. 3 from the Children's Home near Rockerville.

    While the couple hasn't seen the 9-year-old in a long time, they can still lovingly recall her personality.

    "Serenity is a very..., she's Serenity," Chad said with a laugh.

    "I know, she's her own person," Kasandra chimed in as the couple sat at their kitchen table, surrounded by artwork made by their four children.

    "She's a sweet girl, she's very smart, she just struggles," Kasandra said.

    Those struggles involve challenging emotions and behaviors that stem from several diagnoses, including reactive attachment disorder (RAD) and disruptive mood dysregulation disorder (DMDD), she said.

    RAD occurs when an infant or young child doesn't establish healthy attachments with their parents or their basic needs aren't being met, according to the Mayo Clinic, while DDMD results in children having "extreme irritability, anger and frequent, intense temper outbursts," according to the National Institute of Mental Health.

    Serenity's symptoms include refusing to do school work, ripping things up and breaking toys, threatening self harm and yelling at people, Kasandra said. "She has no fear of introducing herself, asking others to play or talking to others," but later becomes controlling toward people.

    Another one of her symptoms is running away, whether it's from her parents, grandmother, or school. She runs away because she doesn't know how to process her emotions, or because she begins to feel too comfortable in a place, Chad and Kasandra said.

    Serenity has planned escapes by packing a suitcase and leaving in the middle of the night (her house has an alarm to help prevent that), convincing another child to run with her after one of two day-care supervisors temporarily left the room, and having a lunch lady pack her lunch in a bag so she could run away from school, the couple said.

    Chad said he's "100 percent" positive that Serenity similarly planned an escape from the Children's Home by having another child first run away. "That's just her M.O." he said. "She's going to wait until everything is calmed down," said Chad. "It's unexpected," Kasandra added.

    Kasandra said she thinks her daughter's struggles stem from the inconstancy of being raised by many different people. She said Serenity's birth parents loved her but they were both sent to prison.

    Once Serenity was removed from her family, "she was tossed through foster homes," about 12-13 homes in two years, Kasandra said. "She's used to wearing somebody out, and they send her to somebody else."

    "She didn't get the chance to learn trust and dependency from her parents or caregivers," and it makes her feel like she can't trust people and is unloved," Kasandra explained.

    The couple took Serenity to outpatient therapy for at least two-and-a-half years before deciding in July 2018 to enroll her at the Children's Home, which provides schooling and intensive inpatient therapy.

    "It was just to the point where it was ramping up, her behaviors were getting worse," Kasandra said. "It was kind of to the point where we couldn't any longer be up 24/7 watching her. I mean it was going to end in she was going to hurt herself or one of the other kids."

    Kasandra said she hoped the Children's Home would help Serenity understand her trauma and how her mind works and learn coping mechanisms to deal with her emotions. Most children stay at the home for 14 months. Serenity was expected to be discharged September 2019 unless she needed less or more treatment based on her progress.

    "She was there for a good reason," Kasandra said. "I mean you don't want to place your kid ever, but it was with good intentions."


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  12. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Volunteers continue search for missing SD child

    Authorities in South Dakota continue to search for a 9-year-old who's been missing for seven weeks.

    More than 60 volunteers signed up to help with the search for Serenity Dennard in South Dakota this past weekend.

    While they did not find Serenity, the intention of this search was to help law enforcement narrow down the search area and hopefully bring her home.

    "I think Serenity's story speaks to people on a number of levels. We look in her eyes and we see our own children. When we look at that and we see that it compels us to help. An informed community can get involved and do what they can and today we're really seeing that." said Representative Lynne DiSanto


    Search for missing 9-year-old bumped up to Wednesday

    The Pennington County Sheriff's Office will resume searching Wednesday for a girl who has been missing since she ran away Feb. 3 from a residential youth facility in rural Pennington County.

    "The improved weather will allow for the Sheriff’s Office to conduct air and ground searches," the agency said in a Facebook post. "This will be a large scale search involving many partner agencies."

    The search for 9-year-old Serenity Dennard was planned for Saturday after it had been paused for weeks due to freezing temperatures, snow, a blizzard and muddy conditions.

    "There has been continuous planning and preparation for these upcoming searches" during this time, the sheriff's office said.

    Wednesday's search will involve people and dogs searching on the ground and helicopters looking from the sky. If Serenity isn't found, the search will continue Saturday and Sunday. If the weather doesn't cooperate over the weekend, the search effort will be rescheduled to April 6 and 7.

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  13. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Despite intensive seven hour search, 9-year-old girl still missing

    Crews resumed air and ground searches for Serenity Dennard today. Despite the warmer weather and seven hours of intense scouring, they did not find the missing 9-year-old.

    The search involved two dog teams, a helicopter and more than 80 people.

    The Pennington County Sheriff’s Office asked the public to stay away from the area where Dennard disappeared on Wednesday so that dog teams could properly search.

    They say they will resume looking this weekend if weather permits.



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  14. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Search Groups Continue To Look For Serenity Dennard

    Search groups in Pennington County are out looking for Serenity Dennard again on Sunday.

    94 people, ten K9s and two aircraft, were searching for Serenity on Saturday.


    Pennington County Sheriff's Office

    Today we will hit it hard again. Grateful for all the community support and our many assist agencies. Please have patience as we work. Know our commitment is strong and we will not give up until we find Serenity.


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    KareBear Well-Known Member

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  16. ima.grandma

    ima.grandma Believer of Miracles

    We're continuing to either eliminate areas, and trying to focus on what we might say this is the higher priority areas, just systematically working through the region, just a lot of ground to cover," Pennington County Sheriff Kevin Thom said.

    The recent warmer weather played a role in getting the search started again, after weeks of delay.

    "The snow is melting sufficiently. We had to listen to our K9 handlers. They said until they have enough snow melt, and the terrain is clear and the temps are higher, the dogs aren't effective, so we were really driven by the K9 handlers," Thom said.

    Now that the weather is cooperating, you can expect to hear about more searches in the near future.

    "We try to be optimistic in our business, all the first responders have been out there and have worked so hard and put in a lot of time and effort," Thom said.

    Thom says they are continuing the investigation. He says they've interviewed more than 260 people, and they wihttps://www.keloland.com/news/local-news/search-efforts-for-serenity-dennard-continue/1893087005ll be meeting to discuss what the next couple of weeks will look like in terms of searches.
  17. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Search for Serenity enters second month

    Two months ago Serenity Dennard went missing after she ran away from the Black Hills Children's Home near Rockerville. Still, the Pennington County Sheriff's Office hasn't given up on finding out what happened to her.

    Despite several searches immediately after the 9-year-old was reported missing, Sheriff Kevin Thom says search efforts really only started a week ago.

    Several consecutive days of nice weather was enough to melt most of the snow - allowing search teams and dogs to come back and stay out longer. Last weekend, more than 90 people searched the area around Teepee Gulch Road looking for any sign of Serenity.

    While they turned up nothing definitive, Thom says each search is helpful.

    "Have we found any articles of clothing or things like that? No," Thom said. "But we continue to learn things through the searches and it is helping us dial down the areas we're searching."

    Each team is tracked with GPS and the search area is mapped so they know exactly where they've been

    "Literally, we went wingspan to wingspan and that went out about 50-100 yards and the terrain varies so, like an accordion, you kind of flex with the terrain a little bit," Thom said. "It's a process of elimination."

    Meanwhile, an investigation is going on at the same time. Thom says they have interviewed more than 300 people and acted on five search warrants. They have also followed up on leads in 13 other states.

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  18. Mel70

    Mel70 Bronze Member

    It's hard to believe she's been missing since 2/3. :vigil:
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  19. Mel70

    Mel70 Bronze Member

    I am in absolute awe of 300 people interviewed, 5 Search Warrants, And leads in 13 States!
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  20. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Authorities narrowing the search area in missing girl case

    Authorities are narrowing the search area as they continue looking for a missing 9-year-old girl who ran away from a residential treatment facility near Rockerville two months ago.

    Searchers on foot cleared four areas Saturday. They plan to bring in more K-9 units next weekend, weather permitting.

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