Haley Anderson, a 22-year-old student at Binghamton University in New York, was found dead Friday and authorities have launched a manhunt for a person of interest who is believed to be the young woman's ex-boyfriend. According to reports Sunday, the Binghamton Police Department said the possible suspect fled the country.
The person of interest, whose name or sketch was not released, is a male student majoring in nursing at Binghamton University. He was romantically involved with Anderson. He reportedly boarded an international flight before Anderson's body was discovered Friday, according to police. Authorities did not reveal where the person of interest went.
A cause of death is yet to be revealed but her death was ruled a homicide after an autopsy was conducted on March 10 at Lourdes Hospital in Binghamton.
“This incident and the circumstances of the death was not a random act or involving the conduct of a stranger,” the statement read. “The victim and male student had a previous domestic/romantic relationship. The investigation determined that the person of interest had left the United States by an international air travel flight, prior to the discovery of Haley Anderson’s deceased body.”
The Binghamton Police Detective Division along with BU’s New York State University Police, the Broome County District Attorney’s Office, the Federal Bureau of Investigation – Binghamton, New York/New Jersey H.I.D.T.A. Program Resources, the Port Authority Police Department of New York and New Jersey and the Nassau County Police Department, are all involved in the investigation of Anderson's murder.
Anderson, a senior majoring in nursing from Westbury, New York, was found dead after police responded to a welfare check at a student residence on Binghamton’s West Side. According to police Anderson did not reside at the house.
The university where Anderson studied canceled classes for senior nursing students Monday, and also said it was providing counseling services. The young woman was expected to graduate from the college in May.
In a news addition, university officials expressed their condolences to Anderson’s friends and family,
“The Binghamton University community is deeply saddened to learn of the death of senior nursing student Haley Anderson, whose death is being investigated by the Binghamton Police Department,” the news addition read. “During this challenging time, we are offering counseling services for those who wish assistance.”
Anderson’s co-worker at Jazzman's Cafe on campus, told FOX40 that she was a “very good girl” and "was friendly, joked around, we had a good time together. Athena Anadnostakos last saw Anderson on Thursday.
"Everybody's sad. A lot of students came who work together, they cried today. The supervisor and Haley were so close. We are very sad,” Anadnostakos added.
Below is the full statement from Binghamton University:
Message of condolence on the death of Haley Anderson
The Binghamton University community is deeply saddened to learn of the death of senior nursing student Haley Anderson, whose death is being investigated by the Binghamton Police Department. There is no threat to public safety at this time. The investigation is continuing at this hour. Anyone with information can contact the Binghamton Police Detective Division at 607-772-7080 or 607-772-7082.
Our entire University community extends our deepest condolences to Haley’s family and friends, both here in Binghamton and in her hometown of Westbury, N.Y.
During this challenging time, we are offering counseling services for those who wish assistance. If you would like to speak to someone, reach out to the Dean of Students Office and CARE Team by calling 607-777-2804. They, along with the University Counseling Center (UCC) and Residential Life, are providing ongoing support to students as needed.
The UCC can be reached by calling 607-777-2772 during normal business hours from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. To reach someone after hours or for emergencies, students should call 911 or the UCC after-hours counselor by phone by calling 607-777-2772 and selecting #2. Students can also call 607-762-2302 for the 24-hour Crisis Center at Binghamton General Hospital.
The Employee Assistance Program is available to provide support to faculty and staff who knew Haley, and can be reached at 607-777-6655 or 607-777-6650 during regular office hours, or an off-campus coordinator can be reached after hours by calling the 24-hour EAP call line at 1-800-822-0244.