Missing Buff State student sought in Falls

Niagara Gazette, Niagara Falls, N.Y.
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May 4—Family and supporters of missing Buffalo State College student Saniyya Dennis have been looking for leads in the case in Niagara Falls.

The 19-year-old was last seen on April 24. Officials say a video shows her in the elevator of her dorm at around 11 p.m. Hours later her cell phone pinged near Goat Island in Niagara Falls.

On Monday, posters looking for information on the college student were spotted throughout the downtown area. A $10,000 reward is being offered for information that leads to her return.

Dennis is described as 5-foot-3, weighing 125 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. Anyone with information on her whereabouts should call 911.

Channel 4 News reported Monday that a spokesperson for the Erie County District Attorney says a member of the office met with the Dennis family.

Buffalo State College President Katherine Conway-Turner released a statement on Monday. It reads in part, "I have had the distinct pleasure of meeting Saniyya—a lovely young woman, honors student, and mechanical engineering technology major with a bright future ahead. My heart goes out to Saniyya's family, whom we continue to support during this painful time.

Please know that University Police Chief Peter Carey and his officers have been working tirelessly with law enforcement agencies at the local, state, and federal levels to locate Saniyya. In particular, we thank the New York State Park Police and the countless community volunteers who have assisted in the search by posting fliers or sharing Saniyya's photos on social media. ... We ask everyone in the Buffalo State community to keep Saniyya and her family in your thoughts and prayers, share her story, and continue to support her family during this time of immense anguish. Please check the UPD website regularly for updates, and please remember that any information that may be of assistance to the investigation should be reported immediately to UPD at (716) 878-6333 or police@buffalostate.edu.

Information can also be shared through the University Police anonymous tip line at (716) 878-3166 or by calling the NYS Missing Person's Clearinghouse at (800) 346-3543."