BINGHAMTON, NY (WBNG) – On Friday, Binghamton police officers found the body of 22-year-old Haley Anderson at 23 Oak Street. Police have labeled the death as a homicide.
According to Binghamton Police Chief Joseph Zikuski, Haley Anderson was last seen around 4 a.m. on Thursday and she had stopped returning texts on Thursday afternoon. He also notes they believe Anderson was not forced to come to 23 Oak Street.
Zikuski says they believe Orlando Tercero, 22, is the suspect in Anderson’s death. Tercero, a United States citizen born in Florida, flew out of John F. Kennedy International Airport around 8 a.m. on Friday and is now in Nicaragua.
What police do not currently know, Zikuski says, is if Tercero has dual citizenship with Nicaragua. The chief says the Nicaraguan government will not extradite Tercero if he does have dual citizenship.
Police say Tercero and Anderson previously had a romantic relationship.
Zikuski added that police responded to a minor incident involving the two last fall, where Tercero had damaged Anderson’s property, but Anderson did not file charges.
Binghamton University President Harvey Stenger offered the following statement on Anderson’s death:
“With the tragic death of senior Haley Anderson, we have lost a beloved and vital member of the Binghamton University family. Today I had the opportunity to meet with members of Haley’s immediate family and learn more about her as a daughter, sister and loyal friend. Haley was just months away from graduation, with a bright future ahead of her, and it is difficult to comprehend that she will no longer be with us.
Haley touched the lives of many classmates, staff, patients, and faculty during her time here, and we mourn her loss. I offer my sympathies to Haley’s family at this challenging time, as well as others close to Haley – friends, classmates and coworkers.
Binghamton University President Harvey Stenger”