Saniyya Dennis went missing after committing suicide. After a bad breakup, a Buffalo State College student is believed to have jumped to her death from Niagra Falls. She called her ex-boyfriend 66 times, but he didn’t pick up.
After being “dumped” by her partner, a missing Buffalo college student is believed to have committed suicide by jumping off Niagara Falls last month.
Erie County District Attorney John Flynn confirmed Saniyya Dennis’ probable fate on Thursday, a fortnight after she left her dorm at Buffalo State College on April 24.
Flynn told a press conference:
‘It appears that this poor girl took her own life.’
Investigators arrived at their conclusion after piecing together the sophomore student’s final hours, which included messages and phone calls with friends, security camera video, and pings from her mobile to neighboring towers, he clarified.
K9 dogs followed missing college student’s scent to the edge of railings along Niagra Falls
At about 1.30 a.m. on April 25, authorities were able to locate her on Goat Island, a small island in the Niagara River in the center of Niagara Falls between the Bridal Veil Falls and the Horseshoe Falls.
Dennis was found on Luna Island, which is situated between the American and Bridal Veil Falls waterfalls, after a K9 search in the area last Friday.
According to Flynn, the dogs decided to chase her scent over the edge of a railing and into the rushing waters.
Despite the fact that Dennis’ body has yet to be found, Flynn claims that investigations have determined she committed suicide.
‘My office and our partners in law enforcement have found no evidence of any criminality in this case,’ he told reporters Thursday. ‘All evidence indicates that Saniyya ended her own life, but the investigation into her disappearance will not be closed until she is found.’
Police went through Dennis’s phone records, which showed that in the last few hours of her life she had gotten into an argument with her boyfriend.
That led to a breakup, with the 19-year-old confiding to a friend that she was suicidal.
66 calls in the space of an hour or so to ex-boyfriend
Flynn said that starting shortly after noon Dennis called a friend about a breakup and after that called her ex-boyfriend 59 times.
After getting no response she added:
‘I’m so done with my own life I’ve had enough.’
Dennis went on to call her ex-boyfriend seven more times, totaling 66 calls in just a few hours, and later in the afternoon, she talked to a male friend in New York City about suicide.
The two would go on to have a four-hour conversation that lasted until 10 pm.
The male friend would later tell NYPD that he thought he had been able to talk Dennis out of taking her own life.
‘I love you- I’ll call tomorrow’
An hour later at 11 pm, Dennis was seen on surveillance footage exiting her dorm before walking to a garbage can and throwing away personal items in the garbage can.
Flynn says the items thrown away led investigators to believe that Dennis had already decided not to return to her room.
Dennis then took several bus rides alone heading towards Niagara Falls.
When she arrived she text her mother ‘I love you- I’ll call tomorrow’ followed by a text to her friend that read ‘glad we talked.’
Surveillance footage then showed her walking towards Goat Island.
She was picked up on park cameras and got a text from a friend a minute later.
At 12:19 am Dennis was last seen on a bridge.
She went on to have a 45-minute conversation on the phone with a male friend from NYC – believed to be the same friend she had spoken to earlier- telling him that she had planned to jump off the bridge, before reconsidering.
At 1 am, she was standing by the Tesla monument and shared a Snapchat post showing the famous falls. Her phone pinged a nearby tower at 1:05am – confirming her location.
Missing suicidal college student’s body may never be found
At 1:22 am Dennis sent a friend a final text, saying she was back on the bus.
A minute later her phone left the cell phone network, either because it had been switched off or destroyed.
Flynn said that Dennis’s male friend and ex-boyfriend did not initially tell anyone of her text and phone activity that day. Her boyfriend was in New York City the entire time, and is not considered a suspect in her disappearance, officials said.
Volunteers, friends, and family launched an extensive search operation to help find Dennis after she was declared missing.
At the time Dennis’s father, Calvin Bryd, criticized police for not moving fast enough with the investigation.
‘Why does it take so long to get subpoenas to cellphone records? Why does it take so long to get video footage of buses? If this was somebody else’s kid, I think it wouldn’t have happened like this.’ he said.
Dennis’s parents were informed of the investigator’s findings on Wednesday.
Flynn said it is possible Dennis’ body may never be recovered because they believe her body fell into an area below Luna Island that is full of jagged rocks that her body could be caught in between
‘I feel awful for parent,’ Flynn said.