Female college student, 19, has been missing for over a week after taking a bus to Niagara Falls

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Family of 19-year-old Buffalo State College student who went missing after taking a bus to Niagara Falls, criticizes police for acting too slow

  • Saniyya Dennis, 19, a sophomore from Buffalo State College, was last seen leaving her college campus around 11 p.m. on April 24
  • Her phone signal was later tracked to a cell tower near Goat Island in Niagara Falls around 1:30 the next morning.
  • Her father has since criticized the police for not being quick enough with the investigation.

The father of a student who has been missing for more than a week has criticized authorities for acting too slowly during the search.

Saniyya Dennis, 19, a sophomore at Buffalo State College, was last seen leaving her college campus around 11 p.m. on April 24.

Her phone signal was later tracked to a cell tower near Goat Island in Niagara Falls at about 1:30 a.m. the next morning.

Since then, agents have said no one has heard from Saniyya and there has been no activity on her phone or bank accounts.

Her family has since criticized the police for not being quick enough with the investigation.

Calvin Byrd, Dennis’s father, criticized the police for not obtaining the security footage of his daughter earlier.

Saniyya's phone signal was later tracked to a cell tower near Goat Island in Niagara Falls around 1:30 the next morning.  But since then, no one has heard from her and there has been no activity on her phone or bank accounts

Saniyya’s phone signal was later tracked to a cell tower near Goat Island in Niagara Falls at around 1:30 the next morning. But since then, no one has heard from her and there has been no activity on her phone or bank accounts

Security footage of Saniyya the night she went missing

Security footage of Saniyya the night she went missing

Originally from the Bronx, Dennis is described as 5 ft 3 inches tall with black hair and brown eyes

Originally from the Bronx, Dennis is described as 5 ft 3 inches tall with black hair and brown eyes

At a conference on the Buffalo State College campus, police revealed they had security footage showing Dennis in a bus depot the night she went missing. However, they added that they couldn’t get hold of the data from her cell phone until April 27.

Calvin Byrd later criticized the police for being too slow to respond to the matter.

He said, ‘Why does it take so long to get subpoenas in the cell phone records? Why does it take so long to get video from buses? If this was someone else’s child, I don’t think it would have happened that way.

Her family says call records indicate she communicated with someone on Saturday until her phone was pinged the next morning. However, they don’t know who that person could be.

Dad added: ‘My daughter is a black honor roll student in college and has no inclination to do … we’re all baffled at what’s going on.

“She was a good friend, a good person,” said Saniyya’s sister. “She has a good heart.”

Calvin Byrd (pictured), Sanniya Dennis's father.  “We combed the whole park, even places she wasn't around, and put up flyers.  The dogs came out yesterday and today they had the helicopter for the search, 'the rapper said

Calvin Byrd (pictured), Sanniya Dennis’s father. “We combed the whole park, even places she wasn’t around, and put up flyers. The dogs came out yesterday and today they had the helicopter for the search, ‘the rapper said

Saniyya Dennis, 19, a sophomore from Buffalo State College, was last seen leaving her college campus around 11 p.m. on April 24

Saniyya Dennis, 19, a sophomore from Buffalo State College, was last seen leaving her college campus around 11 p.m. on April 24

Buffalo State College Police Chief Peter Carey said there was a K-9 search on Friday afternoon, but they were unable to fly a helicopter to assist with the search due to bad weather.

Understandably, emotions are currently high, but I want to be clear that our department will not rest until Saniyya is found. Buffalo State continues to work closely with and support the Dennis family, ”he said.

Volunteers, friends and family have begun a search to help find Dennis.

Julia Stevens, who led a search and distributed posters in the neighborhood, told WKBW, “We want to make sure her face is everywhere. That you know all over Niagara Falls to watch out for this girl. ‘

Originally from the Bronx, Dennis is described as 5 ft 3 inches tall with black hair and brown eyes.

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