Erie County DA says it Appears Missing Student Committed Suicide


Thomas Tedesco, Culture Editor

This morning, Erie County District Attorney John Flynn gave an update on missing Buffalo State student, Saniyya Dennis and revealed  her disappearance as apparent suicide based on collected evidence.

The 19-year-old had been missing since Saturday, April 24 after leaving her Buffalo State dorm and subsequently did not return.

“An exhaustive search has been done, an exhaustive view of the records and the evidence has been conducted and it appears this poor girl took her own life,” Flynn said.

It was also revealed Dennis’ boyfriend had broken up with her after an argument on the phone and she later confided with a friend about suicidal thoughts.

Her phone was last traced to the Goat Island area of Niagara Falls in the early morning hours of Sunday, April 25. This is where Flynn and authorities say they believe Dennis took her life.

Police have not yet found or recovered Dennis’ body.

Buffalo State president, Katherine Conway-Turner issued a statement shortly after the DA’s update.

“Our entire community had hoped and prayed for Saniyya’s safe return, so today’s announcement leaves us with difficult to process feelings of sorrow,” Conway-Turner said.

The school is encouraging those students who are struggling with the news  to contact the campus Counseling Center.

The Buffalo State Community will be joining Friday, May 7 at noon for a vigil of sweet Saniyya Dennis.


The Record will continue to follow this story.