Authorities in New York have said missing Buffalo State University student Saniyya Dennis was seen on surveillance footage at a bus station shortly after she was captured on security camera leaving her dorm.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, Dennis, 19, has been missing since April 24 when she was seen leaving her dorm at the upstate New York University around 11 p.m. that Saturday. She reportedly texted her mother shortly after and said she would call her soon. After Dennis was reported missing, investigators traced the sophomore’s phone to Goat Island in Niagara Falls, about 20 miles away.
According to WGRZ, investigators said Dennis was seen on video at the downtown Buffalo bus terminal either late the night of April 24 or early April 25. University of Buffalo police said that Dennis’ cell phone pinged on or near Goat Island at 1:23 a.m. April 25. There has been no further activity since then.
Here are pictures of missing Buffalo State sophomore Saniyya Dennis. Her mom sent us these photos hoping you will take a look at them. Have you seen her? If so, call 716-878-6333. Police say she's been missing since Saturday night. So far, there is no evidence of foul play. @WGRZ pic.twitter.com/C5DqYs0AIm
— Jeff Preval (@PrevalWGRZ) April 29, 2021
The New York State police appear to working with the University of Buffalo police in the search for Dennis. It is unclear which law enforcement agency obtained video from the bus station, or if they plan to release it.
Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown has reportedly offered assistance to Dennis’ family, who are part of a volunteer search party who have been focused on Goat Island and the Niagara Falls area. A New York State police helicopter was seen flying over the search area this weekend, WGRZ reports.
It is unclear if police or volunteers found any clues during the recent searches.
Dennis’ father Calvin Byrd has offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to his daughter’s safe return.
Anyone with information is urged to contact Buffalo State’s University Police Department at (716) 878-6333 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The university has also set up an anonymous tip line at (716) 878-3166. Those with possible information can also contact NYS Missing Person’s Clearinghouse at (800) 346-3543.
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