Police investigating the death of a 22-year-old nursing student are trying to trace her former boyfriend, who left the United States prior to the discovery of her body.
Haley Anderson was a registered nursing student at State University of New York—Binghamton. Her body was discovered on Friday, March 9.
Her death was ruled a homicide after an autopsy over the weekend, and police are now seeking a male nursing student after he flew overseas.
“This incident and the circumstances of the death were not a random act. The victim and male student had a previous domestic/romantic relationship,” said a police statement, according to WEBO. “On Saturday, March 10, after an autopsy of Haley Anderson at Lourdes Hospital, the death was declared a homicide.”
“There is a person of interest who is a male nursing student at Binghamton University; no name will be released at this time.”
Anderson was a senior student and would have graduated in May.
The university issued a message of condolence on its Facebook page, offering free counseling to grieving friends.
“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.”
A longtime friend of Anderson, Emma Derbin, told CBS that losing her was very hard.
“This is not an easy loss at all,” Derbin said. “She was literally like the greatest person ever. She never didn’t have a smile on her face.”
“This year she did an internship at a hospital here on Long Island and she told me about all the operations that she witnessed. (It’s a) tragic loss,” added neighbor John Doran.
Anderson worked at Jazzman’s Cafe on the university campus for three years, reported WICZ. A colleague, Athena Anadnostakos, said she had last seen Anderson the day before she died.
“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 said.