Parents of missing 19-year-old student offer $10,000 reward; Saniyya Dennis last seen leaving dorm on Saturday night

“I have no idea where she was going,” said Saniyya Dennis’ mother

The parents of a missing SUNY Buffalo State College student are offering a $10,000 reward and held a news conference Friday in the search for 19-year-old Saniyya Dennis.

According to WGRZ, Dennis was last seen leaving her residence hall at the upstate New York university on Saturday night. Surveillance video captured the sophomore leaving her Bishop Hall dorm at about 11 p.m.

Dennis’ family say they have not heard from her since then, though she is normally in regular contact.

“She’s more of a home body, and if she was to go out, it was a big event going on, she would be happy to share it. She often shared things with me that she was doing, so I have no idea where she was going,” Latisha Dennis told the news station.

As News 4 Buffalo reports, the missing woman’s family is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to her return.

On Friday afternoon, Dennis’ family held a press conference at Buffalo State, appealing to city officials for further assistance in the investigation. Her family also made a renewed plea for anyone with possible information to come forward.

“Nothing is insignificant,” a family member said at the news conference, according to WREN.

“No detail is too small. If you saw her walking on the bus. If you can’t remember what day it was. If you can’t remember what you thought she might have been wearing. If you overheard her saying something…please reach out to anybody at all.”

Dennis is described as 5 feet, 3 inches tall and weighing 125 lbs. She is Black with black hair and brown eyes. The surveillance image from Saturday night shows Dennis wearing a black knit hat, a black facemask, a black sweater or sweatshirt over black leggings, and black-and-white checkered shoes.

Anyone with information is urged to contact (716) 878-6333 or Those who wish to remain anonymous can call the tip line at (716) 878-3166. 

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