Statement from Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn on Saniyya Dennis

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Fri, May 7, 2021 8:55 a.m.

Erie County’s District Attorney John J. Flynn released this statement Thursday:

“Yesterday afternoon, members of my office met with Saniyya Dennis’s family for information about the investigation into their disappearance. At this point, we believe Saniyya rode alone on the NFTA bus from the Buffalo State College campus to Niagara Falls State Park, where evidence suggests she was in the early hours of Sunday, April 25, 2021, took life.

“While the Erie District Attorney’s Office is generally not involved in missing persons cases unless there is evidence of crime, we have been involved in these efforts to find Saniyya at the request of the SUNY Buffalo State College University police.

“My office and our law enforcement partners have found no evidence of crime in this case. All evidence suggests that Saniyya ended her own life, but the investigation into her disappearance will not complete until she is found.

“My thoughts and prayers stay with Saniyya’s family and friends during this difficult time.

“Thank you to everyone who helped find Saniyya. I recommend SUNY Buffalo State College, the University of Buffalo State College Police, New York State Park Police, Niagara Frontier Transit Authority Police, New York State Police, Mayor Byron Brown, Buffalo Police Department, the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office, Niagara Regional Police and New York Police Department, FBI and other law enforcement agencies who dedicated their time and resources to this ongoing investigation.

“I would also like to thank the Buffalo State Community, media outlets, and residents of West New York and beyond who participated in the search and shared information on their case.”