The search continues for a missing SUNY Buffalo State College student.
Saniyya Dennis, 19, was last seen nearly a week ago.
She was leaving Bishop Hall around 11 p.m. on Saturday, April 24. University Police say moments later she was seen on video near the college's performing arts center near Elmwood Avenue. Authorities tell Spectrum News her cell phone pinged off a tower in Niagara Falls near Goat Island just after 1:20 a.m. on April 25.
They say there has been no cell phone or financial activity since.
Dennis is described as 5'3", 125 lbs., and has black hair with brown eyes.
Her family joined the college's police chief and president Friday afternoon for a press conference to provide an update on search efforts.
"My daughter is a Black honor roll student at the college and has no tendency of doing anything,” said Calvin Byrd, Saniyya's father. “We're all baffled as to what's going on.”
"She was a good friend, a good person,” Saniyya's sister said. “She has a good heart.”
Her family says they believe Saniyya texted them late Saturday into Sunday morning. They also say call records indicate she was in constant communication with someone on Saturday until the time her phone was pinged in Niagara Falls Sunday morning. The family doesn't know who that person is. Police are trying to figure out how Saniyya or her phone got to the Niagara Falls area.
"Why does it take so long to get subpoenas to cell phone records?” said Byrd. “Why does it take so long to get video footage of buses? If this was somebody else's kid, I'm just going to put it like that — if this was somebody else's kid, I think it would've happened like this.”
Friday's press conference ended with University Police Chief Peter Carey revealing to the family and media that the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority has video of the 19-year-old. The chief then took the family into private to give further details on the footage.
University police say there is no evidence of foul play at this time.
Anyone with information is asked to call university police at 716-878-6333.