Saniyya Dennis, the New York faculty scholar who disappeared final month, died by obvious suicide, officers stated Thursday.
“It seems that this poor lady took her personal life,” Erie County District Legal professional John Flynn instructed reporters throughout a morning information convention.
Whereas authorities haven’t positioned the 19-year-old’s physique, they have been capable of attain that conclusion based mostly on a timeline of her final hours.
Flynn stated on the afternoon of April 24, Dennis acquired into an argument together with her boyfriend in New York Metropolis over the cellphone. After attempting to contact him 59 occasions to no avail, she known as one other male pal in New York Metropolis and talked about killing herself, the DA stated.
The 2 remained on the cellphone for a number of hours earlier than she later instructed the male pal she had reconsidered. About 11 p.m. ET, Dennis was seen leaving her dorm room at State College of New York Faculty at Buffalo.
Shortly after, Flynn stated, she was captured on campus surveillance video leaving her dorm. Dennis walked towards a rubbish can on campus and threw away “private objects that might lead somebody to imagine that she was not returning to the dorm,” he stated. It was unclear what the private objects have been.
In line with the DA, video from the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority confirmed she rode two totally different buses going towards Niagara Falls. She was by herself.
Dennis was final seen on New York State Park Police cameras shortly after midnight strolling towards Goat Island, the place her cellphone final pinged, Flynn stated. Round 12:18 a.m., the male pal warned in a textual content that he would name police if she didn’t name him in 30 seconds.
The male pal known as Dennis, who picked up and stated she was going to leap off a bridge, in keeping with the DA. After speaking for about an hour, Dennis later instructed him she was on the bus returning house, which, in keeping with cellphone information, the DA stated was not true.
Investigators stated her cellphone left the community about 1:20 a.m. April 25, which implies it was both destroyed or powered off.
The male pal and Dennis’ boyfriend didn’t instantly report her suspected disappearance, in keeping with the DA. Her relations reported her lacking to Buffalo State police on April 26, which prompted a widespread investigation.
A number of legislation enforcement businesses and quite a few volunteers have been concerned in a seek for Dennis following her disappearance. Canines have been educated to choose up her scent. They stopped selecting up the scent close to Goat Island, Flynn stated.
“I really feel terrible for the dad and mom,” he stated. “As a father of 5, that is tough.”
He added authorities might by no means discover her physique due to the rocks beneath the realm the place her scent was final picked up.
“There’s a chance that if we imagine what occurred occurred, we might by no means discover her physique,” he stated. “That is a chance.”
Dennis’ dad and mom have been notified of the investigation’s findings Wednesday afternoon, the DA stated.
Efforts to succeed in Dennis’ household at cellphone numbers listed for them have been unsuccessful Thursday.
Throughout a information convention on Friday, Dennis’ relations stated it was uncharacteristic of her to abruptly disappear.
“My daughter is a Black honor roll scholar on the faculty and has no tendency of doing nothing,” Calvin Byrd, Dennis’ father, stated. “We’re all baffled as to what is going on on.”
Keyora Dennis, Dennis’ sister, stated this was “not of her nature.”
“Saniyya labored two jobs. She was a mechanical engineer main. She was very centered on her research,” she stated. “She was pal, individual. She has coronary heart.”
Regardless of the proof, the DA stated the seek for Dennis will proceed.
When you or somebody you recognize is prone to suicide please name the U.S. Nationwide Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255, textual content TALK to 741741 or go to SpeakingOfSuicide.com/assets for added assets.