Haley Anderson, a Binghamton New York University nursing student remembered for her “big heart,” was found murdered in a home in the New York community, and an international manhunt is underway to find the person of interest in her death.
Anderson’s body was discovered on Friday, March 8, 2018. The person of interest in the tragic case – a fellow nursing student – is believed to have fled the country. Many friends posted tributes to Haley on Facebook, remembering her as happy and carefree and bringing light into any room she entered. Her traumatic death has upset many on the New York college campus.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. The Person of Interest Had a Previous Relationship With Anderson, Police Say
Binghamton police have not released many details of how Haley was killed, but they say they consider the case a homicide. They also say there is a person of interest in Haley’s death, which occurred inside a home, and the person of interest was described as “a male nursing student enrolled at Binghamton University,” according to WBNG-TV.
Police said that the person of interest and Haley previously were in a romantic relationship together and the death was not random. The death occurred at a home off campus.
“Binghamton Police said an investigation determined that the person of interest left the United States by plane prior to the discovery of the victim’s body. Authorities did not say what country he flew to or if he has returned to the United States,” reported WBNG. It’s not clear which country the man fled to, and his name was not released by authorities.
Over the years, Haley did post photos that appeared to be romantic in nature, but her Facebook page pictures span several years, and it’s not clear how recently the relationship with the person of interest occurred. People filled the university’s Facebook page with angry comments about the person of interest.
2. Anderson Was a Nursing Student Who Worked in a University Cafe
Haley Anderson had a bright future, according to those who knew her. She was a nursing student at the Binghampton university, according to WICZ-TV. The television station reported that Anderson was a senior who would have graduated in May.
Haley had a job on campus, working at Jazzman’s Cafe, the station reported. Anderson’s Facebook page says she was from Westbury, New York. Binghamton has a student body of more than 13,000 undergraduates. It’s located in central New York not far from Ithaca.
Binghamton University wrote on Facebook after Anderson’s death, “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.”
3. Anderson Stayed on Campus to Study
Showing her diligence as a student, Anderson decided not to go home for break because she wanted to study. Police found Anderson’s body after receiving a call to check her welfare on that Friday afternoon.
“Rest In Peace, Haley. You would’ve been a great nurse,” wrote a woman on Facebook in tribute to the slain woman. “This incident and the circumstances of the death was not a random act or involving the conduct of a stranger,” police said in a news release.
Police have launched an international manhunt to find the person of interest.
Athena Anadnostakos, a co-worker, told FOX40, “She was a very good girl. She was friendly, joked around, we had a good time together.”
4. Haley Was Remembered for Her ‘Infectious’ & ‘Child-Like Spirit’
A funeral fund for Haley on GoFundMe had raised more than $9,000 with three days of her death.
“As many of you may already know or have heard on the news this past Friday, March 9th, we lost one of the most amazing people many of us have had the pleasure of knowing,” a friend wrote on the page. “Anyone who knew Haley Anderson knew how her energy lit up every room she walked into, whether it was our lives as her friends or the lives of her patients when she volunteered as a nursing student. Haley’s laughter was infectious and her child-like spirit touched all the people around her.”
The page continued, “At just 22 years old, Haley’s life was tragically taken. Due to the unexpected nature of these events Haley’s family is not financially prepared for the costs of a funeral. Much like there are no words to describe the magnificent person we lost, there is no way to describe the way her family feels. She left behind a mother, a father, a younger sister, and a community that is still struggling to cope with her loss. If you can find it in your heart to help her family in this time of great sadness, any donations will be greatly appreciated and go directly to covering the cost of her funeral expenses.”
The statement on the page demonstrates how many people were affected by Haley and her death. “There is nothing any of us can do now that can make this situation better or any easier to bear, but all we can do is love and remember Haley for the genuine and amazing person that she was,” it reads.
5. Friends Remembered Haley in Tributes as Someone Who Was a ‘Positive Girl With Such a Bright Future’
People who knew Haley in both high school and college expressed shock to hear about her death. Wrote one woman on Facebook, “Taken way too soon. Although we haven’t spoken in some time, Haley and I were friends & teammates throughout high school. What happened to her is nothing short of tragic and unfair. She will be greatly missed but will always be in our hearts. Rest easy, beautiful ❤️”
A man who knew Haley wrote, “I had the pleasure of working with Haley Anderson for a year or so and she was such a positive girl with such a bright future. The scumbag that did this deserves to be caught and put away for life, if not worse. I’m so tired of young people being taken away from us, especially these amazing people who brightened not only the people they touched but the world they lived in. Beyond chipotle I knew her through her Snapchat and I have to say that I laughed quite often going through her story. Rest easy now Haley, you brought light to all the people who had the pleasure of knowing you and they’re loved are better for having known you. My condolences go out to her friends and family. RIP.”
Another friend wrote, “My heart is broken and I have no words. I never met anyone who knew, at such a young age, what they wanted in life, went out, and achieved those goals. Your smile was contagious and your hugs always so full, Haley Anderson. Rest peacefully and I hope and pray that justice is served for you and your family. ❤️”
Another friend also wrote a lengthy tribute to Haley, writing, “Some of my happiest memories at Binghamton and during breaks was spending time with you. Whenever I saw you , you would be so happy and carefree. When we weren’t in school, we would hangout all the time whether it was at your house or randomly when you were in Albany. Whether it was spending time with you at the Rat, on our dorm floor with all our friends, playing with your cat as I made fun of your Friends posters, the memories I have with you are endless. Even though you caused my room door (two in two separate houses) to break, I truly love you and I am so proud to have had a best friend like you in my life. I will always cherish the memories we have together. Rest easy Haley Anderson ❤️.”