This weekend South Dakota is launching a wider recreational program for a nine-year-old girl missing since last Sunday.
Authorities say Serenity Dennard ran away from the Black Hills Children's Home that day and invaded the surrounding forest. The home is in Rockerville, southwest of Rapid City.
The Pennington County Sheriff Office says the girl is unlikely to survive if left out in the area due to cold weather in recent days. The girl was not dressed for cold weather when she left at around 1
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On Friday, search teams used specially trained dogs to track down the child. A helicopter was also used.
Efforts were delayed on Wednesday and Thursday due to a winter storm in the area.
"Our plan is moving forward today, and now we're just hoping for the results we're looking for," said Willie Whelchel, chief representative of the Sheriff Office in Pennington County, the Argus leader of Sioux Falls.
Up to 40 people participated in the reconnaissance efforts. The girl was described as 4-foot-9, weighed 90 to 100 pounds, had fair hair and blue eyes.
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Children's Home Staff The Rapid City Journal reported a time span of more than 90 minutes to warn 911 when the child was discovered, reports the Rapid City Journal.
"We immediately thoroughly searched our property and our buildings," explained Bill Colson, executive director of the Children's Home Society, which operates the apartment, the Associated Press said. "When we could not find Serenity, we called the prosecution."
The Associated Press contributed to this story.