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

Posted by on Aug. 2, 2014 at 9:55 AM
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'Woman in Black' Roaming Highways Identified As Former U.S. Army Veteran

by Lisa Fogarty

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.

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?

by on Aug. 2, 2014 at 9:55 AM
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chrlstoncharmed
by Melissa on Aug. 2, 2014 at 12:22 PM
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I'm not sure what to think of the question, "Does she need help or should she be left alone?" Is the question implying that she would be involuntarily committed? 

She said she was on a spiritual journey and she wants to be left alone. Her wishes should be respected. She isn't a danger to herself or anyone else. 

jas_momof2
by アニメの雌犬 on Aug. 2, 2014 at 2:16 PM

Oh come on....  Please tellme you don't pay for these idiots??  I followed this "author" and read several other atricles.  She does NOT check her facts at all...

chrlstoncharmed
by Melissa on Aug. 2, 2014 at 2:31 PM
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The Stir "authors" are the worst. I always feel bad for Michelle for having to post these articles. 

Quoting jas_momof2:

Oh come on....  Please tellme you don't pay for these idiots??  I followed this "author" and read several other atricles.  She does NOT check her facts at all...


jas_momof2
by アニメの雌犬 on Aug. 2, 2014 at 2:38 PM

Me too...

Quoting chrlstoncharmed:

The Stir "authors" are the worst. I always feel bad for Michelle for having to post these articles. 

Quoting jas_momof2:

Oh come on....  Please tellme you don't pay for these idiots??  I followed this "author" and read several other atricles.  She does NOT check her facts at all...



sbranom
by Bronze Member on Aug. 2, 2014 at 2:51 PM

Why is this even an article?

darbyakeep45
by Darby on Aug. 2, 2014 at 4:04 PM

This is just ridiculous.  Leave that poor woman alone.

3xangel
by Member on Aug. 3, 2014 at 6:11 AM
Leave her alone
Elle.tea.22
by Bronze Member on Aug. 3, 2014 at 12:15 PM
Same here, I asked about this once. I was told it was stuff they had to post. I think if we completely ignore these stupid posts they will go back to where they belong and don't bother anyone lol

Quoting chrlstoncharmed:

The Stir "authors" are the worst. I always feel bad for Michelle for having to post these articles. 

Quoting jas_momof2:

Oh come on....  Please tellme you don't pay for these idiots??  I followed this "author" and read several other atricles.  She does NOT check her facts at all...

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