Dipset Rapper 40 Cal's Missing Daughter Saniyya Believed to Have Ended Her Own Life, DA Says

Christell Fatima M. Tudtud
May 07, 2021
06:10 P.M.
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Saniyya Dennis, daughter of acclaimed rapper Cal 40, may have taken her own life, according to a district attorney. The SUNY Buffalo State College student disappeared last month.  


Erie District Attorney John Flynn recently said that Saniyya Dennis, the SUNY Buffalo State College student who has been missing for two weeks, may have taken her own life. 

Flynn said Saniyya might have traveled alone from the Buffalo State College campus through a bus bound to Niagara Falls State Park and took her life in the mentioned place on April 25. 

A landscape view of the Niagara Falls. | Photo: Pixabay


In a previous report, Dipset rapper Cal 40, real name Calvin Byrd, was reportedly baffled by the latest developments regarding Sanniya's disappearance.

Byrd has been desperate to find Saniyya and even offered a $10,000 reward to anyone who could lead him to her. He said his daughter is an honor roll student and has never done anything harmful to herself.

Saniyya's sister, Keyora, said her sibling worked two jobs and was studying mechanical engineering. It was not in her nature to vanish out of the blue, she added.


While Saniyya has yet to be found, authorities followed her timeline before she disappeared. She reportedly had an argument with her boyfriend over the phone on April 24.

She tried to call her boyfriend back, but the latter was not answering her calls. She called another male friend and expressed thoughts about ending her life. 

At her dormitory, Sanniya was last seen throwing out personal items, an act that, according to authorities, suggested she was not returning to the university. 


According to the University Police Department, Saniyya was seen leaving the dormitory at 11 in the evening. She wore a black jacket, pants, and a bonnet. She covered her face with a black protective mask.

Flynn disclosed that a video from the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority showed Sanniya taking the bus to Niagara Falls State Park all by herself. The park's cameras saw her there at 12:17 a.m. on April 25.

Noting the jagged rocks surrounding Niagara Falls, Flynn said Saniyya might have been caught in spikey stones.


Three minutes later, Saniyya's male friend called her and they talked for about 45 minutes. At 1:20 a.m., she texted the same male friend and informed him that she had talked to her mother and was on her way back to Buffalo.

After that call, Saniyya's phone signal went off. The following day, authorities went to the park with their canine unit to search for her, but the dogs could not locate her scent at the edge of the water. 


Noting the jagged rocks surrounding Niagara Falls, Flynn said Saniyya might have been caught in spikey stones. If she fell there, her body may never be found. 

Even though DAs gathered evidence pointed to a possible suicide, Flynn assured they would keep their investigation of her disappearance open until she's found. 

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