Police in upstate New York on Monday named a 22-year-old nursing student at Binghamton University as a person of interest in the killing of his former girlfriend and schoolmate.
According to investigators, Orlando Tercero, a US citizen, fled to Nicaragua before the body of 22-year-old Haley Anderson was discovered at an off-campus house on Friday.
Anderson, a senior at the public research university, was a few months away from graduation before she was found dead at a residence located on Oak Street during a welfare check, police in Binghamton said.
Fugitive: Orlando Tercero, 22 (left), has been named a person of interest in the killing of Binghamton University senior nursing student Haley Anderson, also 22 (right)
An autopsy performed on Anderson has determined the the cause of death was a homicide. the manner of death has not been revealed.
Police said Tercero ‘had a previous domestic/romantic relationship’ with the victim.
The FBI is assisting the Binghamton police Department with this case, along with a half-dozen other agencies.
Tercero’s Facebook posts indicate that he has ties to Nicaragua and had last visited the country in July 2017. His final status update, dated December 21, 2017, consisted of a video promoting travel in Nicaragua.
His account further reveals that he grew up and attended high school in Miami, at one point attended a religious college in Bogota, Columbia, and enrolled at Binghamton University in 2016.
Tercero’s Facebook posts indicate that he has ties to Nicaragua and had last visited the country in July 2017 (left). Tercero grew up in Miami and entering the nursing program in 2016
Anderson was originally from Westbury, New York, according to her Facebook page.
Anderson is pictured on social media smiling brightly next to friends and colleagues.
Her co-worker, Athena Anadnostakos, who worked with her for years at Jazzman’s Cafe on campus, spoke highly of the late student in a statement to Fox 40.
‘She was a very good girl. She was friendly, joked around… we had a good time together,’ Anadnostakos told the news station.
‘Everybody is sad… a lot of students came to New York together and they cried today. They were all so close, she said, in tears.
Anderson was a few months away from graduation before she was found dead at a residence located on Oak Street, police in Binghamton said
The beautiful, bright blonde is pictured in Facebook photos smiling. She was found dead on Friday. The person of interest is a fellow nursing student (right)
The death of Anderson, pictured second from right, has been ruled a homicide. One of Anderson’s former romantic partners has been named a person of interest
Tercero has been described as an ex-lover of Anderson’s. He is also a nursing student at Binghamton University.
Anderson told Anadnostakos she decided to stay at school for spring break. That was the last time Anadnostakos saw her.
Anderson’s Facebook profile states she was currently ‘single’. She last publicly listed she was in a relationship in 2016.
On Friday night, the university shared a lengthy condolence message to their page.
One of Anderson’s co-workers, Athena Anadnostakos, pictured, cried as she spoke about the late student she called a ‘very good girl’
Anderson worked at Jazzman’s Brew & Bakery for three years before she died just before graduation
Binghamton University is pictured above. Anderson was a senior nursing student. She was preparing to graduate in May
The Binghamton University student found dead Friday afternoon at a home on Oak Street (street pictured above on Google Maps)
‘The Binghamton University community is deeply saddened to learn of the death of senior nursing student Haley Anderson, whose death is being investigated by the Binghamton Police Department,’ the post read in part.
‘There is no threat to public safety at this time. The investigation is continuing at this hour. Anyone with information can contact the Binghamton Police Detective Division at 607-772-7080 or 607-772-7082.’
The message said further: ‘Our entire University community extends our deepest condolences to Haley’s family and friends, both here in Binghamton and in her hometown of Westbury, N.Y.’
The university is also offering counseling services to students and faculty during this trying time.
Further investigation is currently underway. Police have ruled Anderson’s death a homicide.
‘This incident and the circumstances of the death was not a random act or involving the conduct of a stranger,’ police confirmed in a news release.
Anderson’s co-worker said the student stayed at the college for spring break, around the time she died
The university is offering counseling services to students and faculty during this trying time