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Woman Found Dead along Highway with Unique Tattoo Identified; Man Faces Charges

Thomas Hanley has been charged in connection with Gina Maiorano’s death on Interstate 89 in New Hampshire.

By Elisabeth Ford
A photo of Gina Maiorano

A woman mysteriously found dead on the side of a New Hampshire highway earlier this month has been identified and an arrest has been made in connection with the case.

Gina C. Maiorano, 27, of Henniker, New Hampshire, has been identified as the woman located along the shoulder of Interstate 89 on the morning of June 5. New Hampshire State Police issued a request for public help in identifying her, noting she had a unique tattoo on her lower back of a feather with birds flying out of it.

An autopsy determined that Maiorano’s cause of death was “blunt impact head injuries.” The manner of her death is still under investigation.

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According to a recent press release from the New Hampshire State Police, Thomas Shane Hanley, 30, also of Henniker,  was arrested Tuesday evening in connection to the case. He was charged with breach of bail and stalking, police said. He also faces a felony charge of conduct after an accident.

“New Hampshire State Police would like to extend their appreciation to the media, members of the public, and partner agencies and organizations that assisted with making the identification possible,” they added to the release.

According to WMUR, prosecutors alleged in court on Wednesday that Hanley and Maiorano were driving down I-89 on Sunday night when Maiorano somehow fell out of the vehicle. Hanley also allegedly kept driving after the woman fell out.

"Any normal human being would expect a person to stop and render aid on the side of the road," WMUR reported prosecutor Wayne Coull said.

The prosecutor also said that there was a prior restraining order against Hanley, reports WMUR.

The defense attorney noted, according to WMUR, that there is a “working theory” that the two individuals had been using meth.

"However impaired somebody is, to drive away and leave them on the side of the highway is very concerning," said Judge John Kissinger, according to WMUR’s report.