A woman dressed in all black is apparently traveling across the country on foot – but no one is quite sure where she’s going or why. Many assume she’s on some type of spiritual mission and a Facebook page has been started by an unaffiliated party that tracks her progress. So far, she’s traveled from Georgia to Ohio.
A quiet woman wearing a flowing, black dress and mysteriously strolling along busy highways in parts of the U.S. Southeast and Midwest has the curious wondering who she is and spurred a social media site to document her trek.
She has been dubbed the “Woman in Black,” by TV stations, police and followers on the Web, including those on a Facebook page where she has been tracked on a nearly 500-mile journey with a black bag and walking stick in hand that has taken her from Ranger, Georgia, to Athens, Ohio, since July 18.
“If you meet this woman, please, offer her a drink, a meal, whatever it may be you feel she needs. Be hospitable. Be kind,” said a post on the Facebook page, which has 19,000 followers.
Several television stations have covered the “Woman in Black” when she has passed through, reporting that some believe the woman, who rarely speaks, is on a religious mission.
An NBC affiliate in Sullivan County, Tennessee, reported she told deputies there that she is from an Islamic nation and worked at the Pentagon. Deputies later said neither was true.
Raymond Poles told Reuters he is the woman’s brother, identifying her as Elizabeth Poles, 56, a U.S. Army veteran, mother of two children and a widow from Motts, Alabama.