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Police Identify Person of Interest in Binghamton U. student homicide

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Binghamton Police detectives have identified the person of interest in the March 9 homicide of Haley Anderson. His name is Orlando E. Tercero, 22, according to a department statement released  Monday afternoon. 

Police say Tercero is a U.S. citizen who fled the country for Nicaragua before Anderson's body was discovered in her Oak St. home. Both Anderson and Tercero were 22 years old and nursing students at Binghamton University. Police say the two had a previous romantic relationship. 

Broome County District Attorney Steven Cornwell said in a statement on Monday that a warrant will be filed against Tercero and the case will go to a grand jury.

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.

— Stephen Cornwell, Broome County District Attorney

On March 9th at 12:53pm, Binghamton Police found Anderson dead in a home at 23 Oak Street after responding to a welfare complaint. On Saturday, an autopsy concluded the death was a homicide, though investigators are still not releasing the cause of death. 

The 22-year-old from Westbury is remembered by friends as hardworking, bright, and cheerful. 

The Decker School of Nursing canceled senior clinical and classes on Monday and the college held counseling session for students and staff. A GoFundMe page has been created to help Anderson's family with funeral costs. According to the page, she is survived by a mother, father, and younger sister.

Authorities say the investigation is ongoing. 

Anyone with information should call the Binghamton Police Detective Division at 607-772- 7080 or 607-772- 7082.