Nicaragua detains person of interest in NY student's murder

Nellie Chapman
March 14, 2018

Nicaraguan authorities arrested a person of interest in the murder case of 22-year-old nursing student Haley Anderson, ending an worldwide manhunt on Tuesday.

At about 130 thousand square kilometers in size, Nicaragua is slightly larger than Pennsylvania and a little smaller than NY state.

Orlando Tercero, 22, was arrested Tuesday afternoon, Nicaragua National Police announced.

"The victim and male student had a previous domestic/romantic relationship".

He was being taken to a prison in El Chipote, which is about 40 miles southwest of the country's capital Managua, ABC News reports.

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Authorities with the Binghamton Police Department had said Tercero "had fled" from the United States to Nicaragua before police found Anderson's body during a welfare check Friday. An autopsy on Saturday ruled Anderson's death a homicide, but no further details were given.

Authorities say Tercero, a US citizen, flew to Nicaragua before her body was discovered. "Then we put two and two together quickly".

Tercero is a United States citizen and was also studying nursing. Nicaragua's Canal 4 showed an image of a Nicaraguan passport with his name and photo.

According to the CIA, Nicaragua is the poorest country in Central America and the second poorest in the western hemisphere with widespread unemployment and poverty.

It is not known if Tercero has retained an attorney.

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