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Missing Saniyya Dennis seen on surveillance video in Niagara Falls, father says in plea for more footage

A missing Buffalo State University student was reportedly captured on surveillance video in Niagara Falls, where volunteer search efforts were concentrated this past weekend.

Saniyya Dennis, 19, went missing the weekend of April 24, after she was seen on school security video leaving her dorm around 11 p.m. that Saturday. As CrimeOnline previously reported, Dennis later texted her mother with a promise to call on Sunday. Dennis’ cell phone pinged on or near Goat Island, in the Niagara Falls area and about 20 miles from Buffalo, at 1:23 a.m. on Sunday, April 25. All phone activity stopped after that, police said.

Though authorities have not yet released any further footage of the missing student publicly, she was reportedly seen at the downtown Buffalo bus terminal sometime after leaving her dorm on the night of April 24.  WGRZ has filed a records request to obtain the footage, which the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority has reportedly shared with Buffalo State University police.

Dennis’ father Calvin Byrd told WKBW that he has viewed surveillance video footage from the Niagara Falls area that police believe shows his missing daughter. Byrd said that the cameras were far away from the person seen in the footage, and has asked business in the area to provide surveillance footage that may have captured clearer images.

“On Old Falls – if you have a camera, and you know that it was on last week, please just submit the footage. We need all the help we can get,” Byrd told the news station.

“According to the camera that I’ve seen – we’ve seen one dot with black clothing. It appears that she was by herself. Whether she was meeting someone in the park or later in the park, is another story. Whatever happens after she’s off the camera – that’s where the speculation happens. And we’re just trying to get to the bottom of it. Whatever the outcome.”

According to WKBW, Byrd said he believes his daughter was meeting someone in Niagara Falls, because she was there after bus service stopped for the night and would have needed a ride back.

Authorities have said that they are treating Dennis’s disappearance as a missing persons investigation, not a criminal probe.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Buffalo State Police at (716) 878-6333.

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