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Mysterious woman in black wanders highways: Social media tracking her moves

The mysterious “Woman in Black” has been seen leisurely strolling along the highways and byways of the Southeast and Midwest this summer has been seen by thousands after she's been captured by numerous news cameras. Dubbed the “Woman in Black” by the media, her trek has become an infatuation for many who want to know who she is and where is she walking to?

"Woman in Black" a mystery: She strolls the highways of middle America.
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According to NewsMax on July 29, these are the questions that many reporters have asked the woman. A few got somewhat of a bizarre response and others got nothing. Dressed in a flowing black dress and wearing a long black head covering, the woman has been seen in walking along a route that’s spanned 500 miles since July 18, from Ranger, Georgia to Athens, Ohio.

She carries a tall black walking-stick and a black bag and she speaks very few words to those who happen upon the “woman in black.” When asked who she is she has told some reporters out of Tennessee that she is from an Islamic nation and worked at the Pentagon, but that was soon found out not to be true.

The woman rarely speaks, leading many to surmise that she is on some type of a religious mission, but it appears only this woman knows the true meaning behind her trek. With all this media attention the “Woman in Black” has gotten, finally someone who knows her speaks out, reports Yahoo News.

Raymond Poles has identified the woman as his sister, Elizabeth Poles, a 56-year-old U.S. Army Veteran. She is a mother of two from Motts, Alabama. She lost her husband and her father a year apart and has been overcome by grief since that time. Her husband died in 2008 and her father died a year later.

According to Elizabeth’s brother she was being treated by the VA hospital before she left on this trip, which she told no one about, she just disappeared. She was living in North Carolina, being treated at a VA hospital there, but she moved to Phoenix City, Alabama to be close to her family about four years ago.

When she first arrived, she was doing great and seeing her doctors at the VA hospital in Alabama for regular appointments. She was going to church and appeared to be on the road to healing. She started walking to her appointments at the hospital, which is about a mile from her home.

Her brother said she then started popping up at his house. She came over one night and started cursing for seemingly no reason. That behavior was followed by her shaving her head one Sunday and refusing to go to church.

Elizabeth’s behavior escalated even more into become a loner and she would disappear for months at a time, telling no one when or where she was going. This latest walk across part of the country is another one of Elizabeth’s disappearances from home.

Raymond calls his sister a “loving, kind-hearted woman.” He also wishes she would let the family help her and would love to see her come back home. Elizabeth appears in the video above, taken when she came through one of many towns on her trek to seemingly nowhere.

A Facebook page, Where is the Woman in Black, has been created and it has almost 25,000 likes as of July 29. The page reminds people to be kind to this woman, offer her something to drink or a meal. They suggest to help her if you feel she needs something.