Man detained in death of Long Island nursing student after flying from NY to Nicaragua

Posted at 10:49 PM, Mar 13, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-13 22:49:33-04

MANAGUA, Nicaragua — 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 (225 kilometer) 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.