5:15 P.M. UPDATE:
BINGHAMTON (WBNG) -- Binghamton University officials are expressing their sadness about he death of a BU nursing student.
The body of Binghamton University nursing student Haley Anderson was found Friday at 23 Oak Street, police say.
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.
For those in need of counseling services, the Dean of Students Office and CARE Team, along with the University Counseling Center (UCC) and Residential Life, continue to offer support. If you would like to speak to someone, reach out to the Dean of Students Office and CARE Team by calling 607-777-2804. The UCC can be reached by calling 607-777-2772. To reach someone after hours or for emergencies, students should call 911 or the UCC after-hours counselor by calling 607-777-2772 and selecting #2.
Binghamton University President Harvey Stenger"
Statement from Binghamton University Decker School of Nursing Dean Mario Ortiz also issued a statement on Anderson's death:
"On behalf of the Decker School of Nursing, I want to express our profound sadness at the loss of senior Haley Anderson. Haley was a wonderful and caring part of the Decker family, with a presence that lifted the spirits of her classmates, faculty and staff. She was known to touch many lives including the patients for which she cared.
Decker faculty have shared these thoughts about Haley:
'She was a pleasure to have in class.'
'She always had an innocent, inquisitive and attentive smile.'
'Her innocence and kindness carried over into lab, clinical and simulation experiences.'
'She was soft spoken, but didn't have to work hard to make her presence known; her kind nature was what stood out.'
'Such a bright star; a sweet and respectful student.'
We are honored to have known Haley, learned with her and loved her. We extend our deepest condolences to her parents, family and friends.
Decker School of Nursing Dean Mario Ortiz"
3:30 P.M. UPDATE:
BINGHAMTON (WBNG) -- We're learning more about the investigation into a Binghamton University nursing student's death.
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 (WBNG) -- Binghamton Police have released the name of the person of interest sought in the investigation into a Binghamton University student's death.
Binghamton Police are looking to speak with Orlando Tercero, 22, regarding the death of 22-year-old Haley Anderson, a nursing student at Binghamton University. Tercero and Anderson were previously involved in a romantic relationship, according to Binghamton Police.
Police say Tercero, a United States citizen, left the United States prior to Anderson's body being found on Friday and is now in Nicaragua.
Police did not provide a picture of Tercero.
Police said around 12:53 p.m. the police patrol division arrived to 23 Oak St. for a check of a welfare complaint. After investigation, police discovered Anderson's body. It was determined that she is a registered student at Binghamton University.
Authorities said a suspicious death investigation was held at the residence.
The investigation is being conducted by the Binghamton Police Detective Division and assisted by the New York State University Police at Binghamton and the Broome County District Attorney’s Office.
Anyone with information can contact the Binghamton Police Detective Division at 607-772-7080 or 607-772-7082.
Broome County District Attorney Steve Cornwell issued the following statement regarding the investigation:
"The Broome County District Attorney’s Office will continue working with the Binghamton Police Department, and federal agencies to investigate and aggressively prosecute this case. Though we cannot bring Haley Anderson back, we will fight for justice.
The case will be presented to a Grand Jury; upon an indictment, a warrant will be filed. If necessary, we will present the warrant to the United States Department of State, and call on the Nicaraguan government to extradite the defendant back to Broome County.
Every day, we work to protect Broome County residents, and those living in our community. When a life is taken, we will use all available legal procedures and resources to bring justice to the victim; her family; the defendant; and our community.
In this case, as in all cases, the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty."