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Police search for missing Buffalo State College student


Authorities are continuing their search for a missing New York student who went missing more than a week ago.

Saniyya Dennis, 19, was last seen leaving her dorm at SUNY Buffalo State College on April 24, the university’s police department said in a press release. Dennis, from the Bronx, New York, is a sophomore college student.

“Our one and only goal in this investigation is to locate Saniyya and reconnect her with her family,” UPD chief Peter Carey said on Saturday. “Of course, emotions are running high right now, but I want to be clear that our department will not rest until Saniyya is found.”

UPD described Dennis as a 5-foot-3 black woman weighing 125 pounds. She has dark brown hair and brown eyes.

Saniyya Dennis, missing Buffalo State student (courtesy Dennis family)

Investigators first said Dennis may have been in the western New York area or had traveled to Yonkers, just north of the Bronx. There is currently no evidence of foul play, authorities said.

Efforts to reach Dennis’ family through the phone numbers listed for them failed on Monday.

Calvin Byrd, Dennis’ father, told NBC affiliate WGRZ the experience was a “nightmare.”

A large group of volunteers searched for Dennis over the weekend in Niagara Falls State Park near Goat Island, where police said his phone last rang, the station reported.

“We combed the entire park, even the places she wasn’t close, placing flyers,” Byrd said on Saturday. “The dogs came out yesterday, and today they had the helicopter for the search.”

Byrd added that there was a reward of $ 10,000 for information leading to his daughter.

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



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