'Woman in Black' Roaming Highways Identified As Former U.S. Army Veteran

A mysterious woman dressed head-to-toe in black has been spotted all over the country, walking by herself along highways in the Southeast and Midwest. The "Woman in Black," as she has become known on several social media sites, is attracting so much attention from curious folks -- who include 51,000 followers on a Facebook page dedicated to her -- that police had to step in and help her out when she was reportedly surrounded by 50 people demanding answers from her while she strolled through Virginia. Her response to those who just want to know what she's up to is refreshing and unusual.

Though very little is known about her, the woman is believed to be Elizabeth Poles, 56, a U.S. Army veteran from Georgia. She has two children and has been receiving help from the Veterans' Affairs hospital to cope with the deaths of her husband and father -- who died in 2008 and 2009, respectively.

Poles' brother, Raymond, says she suddenly started wandering for months while wearing flowing black robes and carrying just a black bag and a stick in her hand.

In the last two months, the woman has been spotted along highways in Alabama, Georgia, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, and West Virginia. She has garnered a cult following of sorts, and tons of people have reportedly offered her food and assistance -- money, even -- but she always refuses their help.

Some have become so intrigued by her that they've snapped her photo as she walks and posted it to Twitter and Facebook.

Coles reportedly wants to stay in Virginia, and police have helped her by finding her a safe place to stay. The only thing she has revealed when asked about her solo journey is that it is related to "faith and religion." She has asked that people respect her privacy and leave her alone.

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How often do you hear about a person who DOESN'T want attention? Who is doing something for herself, by herself, and looking inward to find the peace she needs in her life? Let's hope everyone really does respect her wishes because whatever this woman is going through is her own business. She has chosen to deal with her pain in a way that she sees fit.

What do you think of the "Woman in Black" and her journey across the country? Does she need help or should she be left alone?


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nonmember avatar alicia

Leave her alone then. Why is she news because shes peaceful and just WALKING. She has killed anyone.....hasn't robbed anyone....hasn't had and altercation with anyone.....so why can everyone.....writer included leave her the fuck alone?????

mrsary mrsary

FORMER U.S. Army Veteran doesn't exist. Once a Veteran, always a Veteran. Change your title.

nonmember avatar DJC247

It sounds to me like she is being selfish, if she has two kids shouldn't she be home with them instead of walking around.

Dose no one care that her kids now have no parents because of her selfish way of grieving? Why is she not being charged with child neglect? Who is caring for her kids and why does whoever let her leave her kids after they have lost there grandpa and father?

Apparently no one cares about the kids!!

hopea... hopealways4019

I lost my son..sometimes i feel like doing something..odd but peaceful

Tempe... TempestRayne

I am reasonably sure, DJC247, That her children are grown. Why would she be charged with neglect?

nonmember avatar Katie

DJC247... The article said she was in her 50's so her children are most likely grown and self sufficient. No need for neglect charges. The woman has the right to grieve in her own way. If it helps her cope with what has happened then so be it.

Kauna Kauna

I have to agree with TempestRayne. The article states she is 56 years old. I would assume her children are not young.

Just leave her alone. She isn't bothering anyone, and this is the Land of the Free, after all. She helped keep it that way.

nonmember avatar alicia

Ya cuz at 56 ill have toddlers and teenagers at home.....please note sarcasm.......what is the big deal with someone asking to be left the fuck alone? How would you feel if you were in this womans shoes.

nonmember avatar Me

Blessings to her.....Hope she finds the peace,hope and answers she is looking for to be able to go on with her life.


Well then, let's leave her alone. I don't have a burning need to know everything about everyone, unlike some folks. Good luck to her.

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