ACTIVE SEARCH SD - Serenity Dennard, 9, Children’s Home Society, Pennington County, 3 Feb 2019

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  1. 8countlife

    8countlife Well-Known Member

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    Man seeing the weather in this video sure makes me feel hopeless.
     
  2. charminglane

    charminglane Helcat!

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    Keep the faith.
    Hope is still a tiny acorn.
     
  3. MsFacetious

    MsFacetious What a Kerfuffle...

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    There are facilities that prevent children from leaving. Home-like residential treatment is not one of those facilities. Everyone is totally aware of the circumstances when the children are placed there.

    It is a place designed to be more like a home than a jail. It would not have been at all productive for myself or those I was with if we had been locked in. Obviously Serenity needed more than this but they likely didn't realize that until it was too late.

    I hope that the employees are able to recover from this as well. Something like this can easily end in a suicide which would compound the tragedy.

    I know her family will likely be tortured about whether Serenity suffered as well. It's just horrific. Sometimes you don't know a child is capable of doing something until they do it.

    I hope everyone involved here gets the help they need. These facilities are too rare as it is, we can't lose the ones we have. Especially not when they are so highly rated.

    It's just awful.
     
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  4. Rachel1

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    I logged on here tonight hoping she had been located. :(
     
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    Me too!
     
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    I'm curious about what the traffic patterns were along that road?
     
  8. aegarner1

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    Can someone help me post a link on serenity ‘s timeline it’s at blackhillsfox.com
     
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    CT has the highest rate of in custody youth deaths.
     
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    PommyMommy #ShinelikeShanann

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    Very helpful. Thanks to both you and @aegarner1.

    From the link:

    Sunday, Feb. 3

    10:45 a.m.
    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.

    11:00 a.m.
    Serenity is last seen by the cattle guard on the driveway by "an individual dropping off another child" at the home.

    12:26 p.m.
    911 call placed to Pennington County dispatch.

    12:46 p.m.
    First deputy arrives on scene.

    1:16 p.m.
    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.

    (cont at the link)
     
  13. PommyMommy

    PommyMommy #ShinelikeShanann

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    Also noting from the bottom of the same article (emphasis mine):

    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.
    Reported timelines on Serenity Dennard's disappearance are confusing
     
  14. aegarner1

    aegarner1 Well-Known Member

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    With all the snow that has been going on it was difficult for tracking dogs as well. The cold temps plus snow in the hills, it may be a long time for her to be found if she has perished in the cold and is now covered by the snow
     
  15. AmyPond

    AmyPond Well-Known Member

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    What measures do you suggest? This isn't a prison. It is a residential center. If a child is needing to be locked up, I'm sure there are other types of facilities available to that child.
     
  16. mickey2942

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    When I taught school, a little boy was taken from his Grandmother, she had dementia. The Mother was a drug addict. The boy ran away from foster care to live with his Mother, who hid him, because she wanted to keep him with her.

    So, I am hopeful that this is a similar situation. That this little girl ran to a place she wanted to be, while not great, is at least warm.
     
  17. PommyMommy

    PommyMommy #ShinelikeShanann

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    Okay, so it was an individual dropping off a child that saw Serenity at the cattle guard. But, what happened to the couple cutting wood in Foster Gulch - why isn't that on the timeline?

    Reported timelines on Serenity Dennard's disappearance are confusing
    11:00 a.m.
    Serenity is last seen by the cattle guard on the driveway by "an individual dropping off another child" at the home.

    Search for missing girl becomes recovery effort
    On Tuesday, the sheriff's office said authorities had located the couple and that they helped establish a clearer timeline of Serenity's disappearance.

    And this is wrong also?
    Search for missing girl transitions into recovery effort - KNBN NewsCenter1
    She was last seen at 11:26 a.m. on South Rockerville Road.
     
  18. aegarner1

    aegarner1 Well-Known Member

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    I have no clue anymore
     
  19. PommyMommy

    PommyMommy #ShinelikeShanann

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    :(

    Maybe the couple cutting wood didn't see her? BBM

    Pennington County Sheriff's Office
    Investigators looking for couple who saw missing child Pennington County, SD – Investigators with the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office want to speak with the couple who last saw the missing nine year old near the Black Hills Children’s Home. A male and female were cutting wood in the area of Foster Gulch and South Rockerville Road and spoke with Children’s Home staff on Sunday, February 3, 2019, between 10:30 am and 11:30 am. They are described as being in their late 20s or early 30s and driving a pickup truck. We believe these two may have been the last to see Serenity Dennard.
     
  20. aegarner1

    aegarner1 Well-Known Member

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    The family is having an online prayer vigil tomorrow night at 6pm. They asked those that attend not to bring any negative comments
     
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