Friends of a Binghamton University student found murdered last week are convinced that an obsessed former hookup is responsible for her death — but he is no longer in the country.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, Haley Anderson, 20, was found dead Friday at an off-campus home in Binghamton, New York, on Friday. At the time, police confirmed that a person of interest in Anderson’s apparent murder had fled the country.
Anderson’s friend and roommate Josephine Artin first made the horrific discovery, after she used the “Find My Friends” app on her iPhone to trace Anderson’s whereabouts, the day after Anderson abruptly left home in the early hours of the morning.
Artin, joined by another friend, reportedly traced Anderson’s phone to the home of Orlando Tercero, 22. Anderson and Tercero occasionally got together, but Anderson did not want to commit to a relationship with him and remained involved with her on-again, off-again boyfriend.
When Artin arrived to Tercero’s home, hoping to find Anderson safe, Tercero’s car was not there.
By that point, Artin had reportedly learned that Tercero’s roommates were looking for him, and that his sister told them he was on a flight to his native Nicaragua after telling her in a text, “I’m a disgrace to the family. I did something bad,” Artin told the newspaper.
“I had a really bad feeling, but I thought there was no way. I figured we were going to go over there and we were going to find Haley asleep or something, and be like, ‘You guys were scared? What’s wrong with you guys?’ That’s really what we expected.”
Instead, after climbing in through a window after no one answered the door, Artin made the horrifying discovery — her friend lifeless in Tercero’s bed.
“She was in Orlando’s room. She was in the bed. Looking back at it, she was clearly dead, because living people aren’t that color,” Artin said.
“At the time, we didn’t want that to be true. We called the police. My friend was on the phone with them. They asked, ‘Is she breathing?’ so I went over to her and I just — I wanted her to be alive. But I could tell she hadn’t just died. I’m sure it had happened the day before, based on her color.
“There was no blood. The way she was lying, I wasn’t sure if that’s where she died or he put her there. It was very formal — she was on her back laying on the bed and she had a blanket halfway up her body. And she just had her arms at her side.
“There was a handprint bruise on her arm. When I saw that, that’s when I knew for [sure] that Orlando had done this to her.”
According to ABC News, police believe Tercero left for Nicaragua on a flight from JFK Friday morning, hours before Anderson was discovered.
“We were a few hours behind him,” Binghamton Police Chief Joseph Zikuski told ABC News.
“Then we put two and two together quickly.”
Zikuski said that investigators are working to determine if Tercero, who was born in the U.S., has dual citizenship in Nicaragua, which could complicate the investigation.
“There’s a chance they may not extradite him,” Zikuski told the news station.
[Feature image: Haley Anderson/Facebook]