Mar 12, 2018, 6:25 PM ET

Police name person of interest in Binghamton student's homicide

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Binghamton police has released the name of a possible suspect in the homicide of 22-year-old college student Haley Anderson.

Cops believe Anderson's ex-boyfriend Orlando Tercero, 22, skipped town and hopped an 8:40 a.m Friday morning flight out of New York City's John F. Kennedy International Airport to Nicaragua -- giving him a four-hour headstart before Anderson was found dead at around 1 p.m. in a Binghamton, New York, off-campus home where Tercero lived, Binghamton Police Chief Joseph Zikuski told ABC News.

"We were a few hours behind him," Zikuski said. "Then we put two and two together quickly."

PHOTO: Haley Anderson, of Westbury, N.Y., was found dead March 9, near Binghamton University campus in what police have ruled a homicide. Facebook/Haley.Anderson.9212
Haley Anderson, of Westbury, N.Y., was found dead March 9, near Binghamton University campus in what police have ruled a homicide.

Anderson was enrolled as a nursing student at the State University of New York at Binghamton, and from Westbury, Long Island.

According to Zikuski, Tercero was also a nursing student there and became romantically involved with Anderson going back to early in the Fall term. In September, Zikuski cited an incident in which Anderson filed a police report over damage to her property and blamed Tercero for it. In the report, Anderson said she was in a relationship with Tercero.

Because Terero paid Anderson for the damage -- which Zikuski said involved car tires -- Anderson decided "she didn't want to pursue" the complaint any further.

Anderson was last seen alive at around 4 a.m. on Thursday.

She was with roommates before she went missing, Zikuski said.

The roommates, he said, alerted cops about "concern for her" and a wellness check was prompted.

On Saturday, authorities ruled Anderson's death a homicide. The circumstances of what led to Anderson's death have not been revealed.

PHOTO: Haley Anderson, of Westbury, N.Y., was found dead March 9, near Binghamton University campus in what police have ruled a homicide. Facebook/Haley.Anderson.9212
Haley Anderson, of Westbury, N.Y., was found dead March 9, near Binghamton University campus in what police have ruled a homicide.

As to why Tercero chose to take a flight to Nicaragua, Zikuski said the ex-boyfriend "has family over there."

Even though Tercero was born in Miami, Florida, Zikuski said, it's unclear if he acquired additional citizenship from Nicaragua.

"We're currently determining with the State Department if he's a U.S. citizen," said Zikuski.

The issue is critical if Tercero has duel citizenship.

While the U.S. has an extradition treaty with the Republic of Nicaragua, Zikuski said he was informed that if Tercero is also a Nicaraguan citizen "it will be harder."

"There's a chance they may not extradite him," he said.

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  • George Columbo

    I hope they extradite him and hang him from the nearest tree.

  • Indy

    Isn't Nicaragua one of the central American countries that the US has a leading relationship with? Don't they actually need our support through or due to multiple issues in country/home there, hence they should be happy to find and return this man so he can stand trial for the murder of this Young Lady? They probably want to keep the support flowing uninterrupted in their direction/going their way, it'll just be one less sc*mbag to deal with for them, imo.

  • rocket

    Sad, betcha he got dual citizenship, shame if he did it, might not get him, that's what a few do- hide out in plain sight in their country.

  • srichey321

    No extradition treaty with Nicaragua. No justice.

  • chestnuthill

    Sounds like the tire incident was a harbinger of worse things to come. What a shame.

  • rontron

    Motive? Maybe she rejected him.

  • Tim

    "the person of interest has left the United States by international air travel flight" laughing all the way at how naive we are as a country.....

    RIP

  • Standing A

    We paid Nicaragua $31 million last year. We also export 80% of the oil Nicaragua needs each year. I believe Trump can and will pressure the government there to cough up this dirtbag.

  • Stonecrusher

    He's reportedly in Nicaragua. Good luck with extradition.

  • Mari Marigold

    Such a shame. My heart breaks for her parents.