Does Rapid City need a new missing child alert system?

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RAPID CITY, S.D. (KEVN TV) - Serenity Dennard's case is raising questions about how law enforcement notifies the public when a child goes missing. One woman is trying to create change on a statewide level.

Annie Daniel was watching the Superbowl just like many others Sunday night, but she still had her phone next to her and wishes she received an alert about Serenity going missing.

"Everybody has their phones on them. Everybody gets AMBER alerts. If everybody on Sunday afternoon got some sort of alert that there was a missing child in the area, eyes would have been peeled much sooner," said Rapid City Resident Annie Daniel.

Other locals agree with Daniel's idea and wonder why this isn't a thing yet or that they have it in other states. But some don't think a mass alert would be effective.

"Most people I talked to about Serenity didn't know the situation until Monday afternoon when they see the news report or they looked on Facebook," Daniels said.

In fact, law enforcement didn't post about Dennard's disappearance until about six hours after it happened.

"We were watching Superbowl on Sunday so I'm not getting on Facebook. We're watching the game, so just like the severe weather alerts, I'll know if something goes on right away. If you do that run to Walmart down the hill, you'll just be more likely to look around if you're received that alert."