NIAGARA FALLS, NY (WIVB) – Residents of western New York are not abandoning their search for Saniyya Dennis, the student who went missing last week.
Saniyya was last seen leaving her dorm on the Buffalo State campus on April 24, but her cell phone was later contacted near Goat Island in Niagara Falls. It was there that a search team met early Wednesday evening in the last hopes of finding the young woman.
Julia Stevens researched Saniyya, “It is important to introduce yourself as a community and to show this family that we care, that we will continue to be here and that we will not stop until we find Saniyya Dennis.
For nearly two weeks, search teams scoured Niagara Falls in hopes of finding Saniyya Dennis.
Courtney Gabamonte also helped with the search, she tells us, “Being a woman and having a missing girl is just heartbreaking so why not come and help search if we are not far from where she might be. found? “
They placed flyers on any available surface and asked for help from the public.
Ivy Marie Gilbert added, “Posting it on Facebook is absolutely helpful and everything, but being local it really helps to get out here and do it.”
The 19-year-old Buff State sophomore was last seen exiting an elevator in her dorm on the night of April 24. area.
“Clothes, a cell phone was found, a bracelet was found – all of this could be of the utmost importance as we have absolutely no information on what happened to Saniyya Dennis,” Stevens added.
University police continue to ask anyone with information to come forward, and Saniyya’s family have since offered a $ 10,000 reward for anything that might help them get her home.
Julia Stevens went on to say, “If Saniyya is out there and she’s watching these efforts, if she’s in danger or incapacitated, we would say don’t give up hope, we’re not neglecting anything. We will be here everyday for you until we find you because you deserve it.
In a statement released earlier this week, Buff State President Katherine Conway-Turner called Saniyya a charming young woman with a bright future. She also defended University Police Chief Peter Carey, saying he and his officers were working tirelessly to locate Saniyya.
Marlee Tuskes is a reporter who has been on the News 4 team since 2019. See more of her work here.