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Mystery woman in black seen walking across US

(Reuters) - A woman dressed in all black who has been spotted strolling along highways in the U.S. Southeast and Midwest needed police assistance after she was surrounded by a group of about 50 curious people in Virginia, authorities said on Wednesday.

Police in Winchester, Virginia took the person who wears flowing robes and has been dubbed the "Woman in Black" on social media to an undisclosed location and fed her after the incident on Tuesday evening, police said in a statement.

"She has expressed to officers that she wants to be left alone and is asking that the public respect her wishes," said the Winchester Police Department, adding that she intends to stay in the community.

Police did not release her name but she is thought to be Elizabeth Poles, 56, who used to live in Georgia and is originally from Alabama.

The woman has garnered attention in recent weeks from TV stations, police and 51,000 followers on a Facebook page on which she has been tracked walking with a black bag and stick in hand on a nearly 850-mile (1,400-km) journey from Ranger, Georgia, to Winchester.

Poles is a U.S. Army veteran, mother of two children and a widow from Motts, Alabama, who had been receiving treatment at Veterans Affairs hospitals to deal with the deaths of her husband in 2008 and her father in 2009, her brother Raymond said on Friday.

According to her brother, Poles recently began to wander for months at a time.
Mystery Woman In Black Seen Walking Across US

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Gloria July 31 2014 at 1:04 PM

Who cares why she is doing what she is doing. It is life, it is her journey for her purposes. Leave her be in peace.

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jdunbar60 July 31 2014 at 12:56 PM

All who wander are not lost

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mykell069 July 31 2014 at 10:39 AM

"She has expressed to officers that she wants to be left alone and is asking that the public respect her wishes,"
Way to respect her wishes, AOL. Nice job

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Carol July 31 2014 at 11:17 AM

A grieving widow,(hence the black attire?) on some kind of a "vision quest", who wanted to be left ALONE. If she wanted the whole world all up in her business, she'd be updating her Bragbook status like everybody else. Picked up and grilled by the cops, under the guise of "feeding her"... Please.
Get well soon sad lady

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ram4131 July 31 2014 at 1:27 PM

Lady has issues. She is not bothering anyone so let her be. Pathetic how so much attention is given to one who clearly does not seek it.

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Patricia,,,,, July 31 2014 at 10:44 AM

she wants to be left alone ..but yet she is walking down the busy road dressed like that so everyone is going to look...What people will do to get noticed and their 15 minutes of fame....Stupid

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muzpuf July 31 2014 at 1:06 PM

funny thing is you could sit on a curb and cry for hours and nobody will even look twice at you .....BUT sit on that same curb and laugh for 5 minutes and you will be surrounded by swat

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pjarizona July 31 2014 at 11:17 AM

I think its sad. She might have some kind of mental issue after the deaths in her family and doesn't know how to cope.

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Melanie July 31 2014 at 10:39 AM

A female Forrest Gump?

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cla.connie July 31 2014 at 10:43 AM

If you are walking the highways in that get up I hope you are keeping hydrated cause the heat and humidity are wicked this year. Besides if I saw that walking along the highway I would wonder if she had an AK47 or a bomb strapped to her person. Leave her alone NO PROBLIMO.

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