The Woman in Black, who has been identified as 56-year-old Elizabeth Poles from Motts, Alabama, has sparked social media buzz with people sharing about their encounters with her on Facebook.
People have been buzzing about a mysterious woman dressed in a black robe who has been spotted strolling down the streets in parts of the U.S. Southeast and Midwest since the last few weeks. Dubbed the Woman in Black by TV stations, police and others, she has perhaps unwittingly become the latest viral sensation.
A Facebook account has been set up for people to share their experiences about their recent encounters with the Woman in Black. Some uploaded pictures and expressed their support as well as best wishes for the lady, who is dubbed as being "very nice to talk to" though she rarely speaks. She reportedly told people that she's on a mission of God.
Police have identified the woman as Elizabeth Poles, 56, from Motts, Alabama. She's a U.S. Army veteran, mother of two children and a widow. She has been tracked on a 520-mile journey from Ranger, Georgia to Ohio since July 18.
Raymond Poles who claims to be the woman's brother said his sister had been receiving treatment at Veterans Affairs hospitals to deal with the deaths of her husband in 2008 and her father in 2009. "Her and my dad were really close," he said.
Raymond said Elizabeth spent time in a VA hospital in North Carolina before moving to Phoenix City, Alabama, about four years ago to be close to her family. He said his sister was "doing great" in the first three months, going to church on Sundays and to her regular appointments at the nearby VA hospital.
"She then started just popping up at my house and then one night she came over and just started cursing," Raymond said. One Sunday, his sister allegedly shaved her head and refused to go to church and since then Elizabeth has vanished for months. "I wish she would come back and let us help her," he said, calling his sister "a loving, kind-hearted woman."