New photo of Serenity Dennard released, weeks after she disappeared from children’s house

South Dakota authorities released a new photo of Serenity Dennard, a little girl who allegedly ran away from a children’s home earlier this month.

KOTA TV reports that 9-year-old Serenity Dennard disappeared on February 3 from the Black Hills Children’s Home in Rapid City. Despite massive search efforts, she remains missing and authorities think she’s likely deceased, given the severe weather conditions in early February.

Pennington County Sheriff’s Office investigators and Rapid City Police Department are still searching for the girl, hoping for a miracle, but are now treating the search effort as a recovery mission.

Serenity was last seen at around 11 a.m. off of South Rockerville Road, close to the children’s home. When she disappeared, she didn’t have a coat with her. She was last seen wearing blue jeans, a long sleeved grey shirt with flower prints on it, and black boots.

The new photo was taken a day before disappeared, according to Kevin Thom with the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office.

Serenity is described as a white female who stands 4-foot-7-inches tall and weigh 96 pounds. She has shoulder length dark blonde hair and blue eyes.

Anyone with any information regarding Serenity’s whereabouts is urged to contact the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office at (605) 394-6115.

[Feature Photo: Serenity Dennard/Handout]