Searchers turned to the air in efforts to find Serenity Dennard

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RAPID CITY, S.D, (KEVN) - To help in the search for Serenity Dennard, the Civil Air Patrol was called on Monday.

Civil Air Patrol Col. Mike Beason woke up at midnight on Sunday with a call asking for his help.

Beason found a pilot in Rapid City to fly Monday at 7:30 in the morning.

Meanwhile, Beason helped command the pilot from a center in Spearfish.

The pilot flew in a star pattern to try to see through the rough terrain in the Rockerville area. They used the Black Hills Children's Home as the center point.

Beason said the pilot had good visibility by flying below the clouds.

The plane flies at 100 mph, a disadvantage to the search. To combat the fast speed, the plane had two crew members so they had more eyes on the ground.

"The search from the airplane may not be terribly effective but if they want to be found chances are we'll see them. We can certainly see footprints in the snow so that's the kind of detail we can see from an airplane," says Beason.

Beason says after four hours the plane needed gas. So a second plane came from Spearfish. But the search did not last as long because by then the clouds became a problem for the pilot.