The ex-boyfriend of Binghamton University nursing student Haley Anderson, whose body was found in a off-campus home earlier this month, has been charged with murder, officials said Saturday.
Orlando E. Tercero, 22, is charged in the Westbury woman’s strangulation death, the district attorney said.
“The charge is murder in the second degree and the people are ready for trial,” Broome County District Attorney Steve Cornwell said at a Saturday news conference that was posted on WBNG 12 News.
Anderson’s roommates, who had gone looking for the 22-year-old, called authorities after finding her body March 9 in Tercero’s Oak Street home, Cornwell said.
Anderson was pronounced dead at the scene and detectives immediately conducted a suspicious death investigation, Cornwell said.
Police declared her death a homicide after an autopsy was conducted at Lourdes Hospital in Binghamton, authorities said.
“It was confirmed that Haley died as a result of strangulation while at the residence of Orlando Tercero,” Cornwell said. “Shortly after Haley’s death, Mr. Tercero flew to Nicaragua.”
Authorities in Nicaragua located Tercero four days after Anderson’s body was found, according to The Associated Press.
An official with Nicaragua’s national police said Tercero was handed over to judicial authorities.
Binghamton authorities are working to bring Tercero back from Nicaragua.
“We’re going to do everything we can to make sure he returns,” Cornwell said Saturday.
Meanwhile, Anderson’s friends and family, who were crushed by the news of her death, will say goodbye.
Visiting for Anderson will be 2-5 p.m. Sunday at Donohue Cecere Funeral Home on Post Avenue in Westbury. A funeral will be Sunday at 5 p.m. in the funeral home with a private interment at an unnamed cemetery to follow.
“Everybody’s just devastated,” said Eileen Kennedy, staff educator for the main operating room at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, where Anderson did her externship.
“She was a pleasure to work with. She was a vibrant young woman — full of life — who was eager to learn and was very engaged in the cases she had seen,” Kennedy said.
Anderson’s mother, Karen Anderson, 55, declined to speak about meeting Tercero but described the full life her daughter had.
“In high school she played in the band, played lacrosse, ran track and played field hockey,” Anderson said. “She was in all the honor societies and joined the hula hoop club in her freshman year. She enjoyed skiing, loved the beach and game night, which we always did as a family. Last Wednesday night she was having a game night in her apartment with her friends.”
With Lisa Irizarry