ROCKERVILLE, S.D. (KEVN) - There have been conflicting reports about the timeline of Serenity Dennard's disappearance between Sunday and Wednesday. Here is what we have been able to piece together:
Sunday, Feb. 3
Serenity June Dennard, 9, runs out of gym at Black Hills Children's Home. Two staffers and four children were in the gym. One child "created a disturbance" and occupied one of the staffers. When Serenity ran off, the other staffer was occupied with the two other children.
Serenity is last seen by the cattle guard on the driveway by "an individual dropping off another child" at the home.
911 call placed to Pennington County dispatch.
First deputy arrives on scene.
Several deputies on scene. Lt. Sheriff Kraig Wood calls authorizes mobilization of Pennington County Search and Rescue teams that builds through the afternoon into a 35 person search effort.
Sheriff's office issue media alert that search was under way for Serenity.
Search called off for the evening. Searchers on Sunday included personnel from Pennington and Custer County Search and Rescue, Rockerville and Rapid City Fire Departments and at least three dogs.
Weather conditions: At midday, a freezing drizzle and light sleet mixed with light snow and the temperature was about 15 degrees. By late afternoon, temperatures fell to around 5, with some light snow.
Monday, Feb. 4
Search and rescue effort restarts.
Pennington County Sheriff's Office issue an Endangered Missing Advisory notifying public of Serenity's disappearance.
Search called off for the day. At least 90 people participated in the search on Monday and included multiple fly overs by the Civil Air Patrol. Search effort included deputies going door to door speaking with neighbors and looking in out buildings and hay bales and any place a child might take refuge.
Weather conditions: Morning wind chills were as cold as -28 degrees 1-2 inches of snowfall in the Rockerville area.
Tuesday, Feb. 5
Search efforts restart.
Search called off for the day and ongoing efforts are reclassified to a recovery effort. "If Serenity was outside, it’s unlikely she survived," the sheriff's office said in a prepared statement. "We have not ruled out the possibility that she found someplace warm to shelter or that someone picked her up. We still have an active investigation and will follow up on all leads."
Search focused on one mile radius from the Children's Home. Search and Rescue teams are outfitted with hand held GPS units that trace their path so that the areas that have been searched can be mapped. More the 200 people participated in the search on Tuesday.
Weather conditions: Snow continued with temperatures below 5 degrees.
Wednesday, Feb. 6
No search effort due to inclement weather conditions with up to 5 inches of new snow accumulating in the Rockerville area.
Sheriff has requested special dog teams from Iowa, Wyoming and Colorado. The dogs are trained to located deceased persons although it is very difficult for the dogs to find a scent in frigid conditions.