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Nicaragua Detains Person of Interest in NY Nursing Student's Death

Haley Anderson was found dead Friday afternoon after authorities conducted a welfare check at a home near the college

What to Know

  • Orlando Tercero, the former partner of a nursing student found killed near Binghamton University, has been detained in Nicaragua
  • Authorities say Tercero used to be romantically involved with the 22-year-old Haley Anderson
  • They say he left the U.S. by plane before her body was discovered

A man sought for questioning in New York in the killing of a university nursing student has been detained in Nicaragua, authorities in the Central American nation said Tuesday.

Orlando Tercero, 22, was taken into custody in an unspecified place in Nicaragua and was being handed over to judicial authorities, National Police Commissioner Francisco Diaz told Canal 4 television.

Police in New York say Tercero is a person of interest in the killing of Haley Anderson, also 22, of Westbury, on Long Island. The fellow nursing students at Binghamton University, 140 miles northwest of New York City, are said to have had a previous relationship.

Binghamton police found Anderson's body at an off-campus residence when they were called to check on her welfare Friday. Her death was ruled a homicide, but police have not said how or why she was killed.

Authorities say Tercero, a U.S. citizen, flew to Nicaragua before her body was discovered.

He apparently holds dual citizenship. Nicaragua's Canal 4 showed an image of a Nicaraguan passport with his name and photo.

Diaz did not say whether Tercero was being represented by a lawyer in Nicaragua.

The college released a statement Saturday saying there was no threat to public safety and that an investigation into the tragic death is ongoing. 

“Our entire University community extends our deepest condolences to Haley’s family and friends, both here in Binghamton and in her hometown of Westbury, New York,” the statement read.

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