Mysterious “woman in black” seen walking cross country finally reaches her destination

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WINCHESTER, Va. — She’s been seen walking in several states — the “mysterious woman in black.” She’s been seen in Georgia, Tennessee, West Virginia, Kentucky and Ohio. Some who have crossed paths with her have posted pictures on social media. A Facebook page was even created to track her location cross-country trek.

Apparently, now, she has reached her destination. Earlier this week the Winchester, Va., police department issued a press release urging people to respect her privacy.

“Around 9 p.m. Tuesday, officers were called to the 2400 block of Valley Avenue for crowd control. About 50 people gathered near a bank in this area to see the “Woman in Black.” For her safety and the safety of others, officers took her to an undisclosed location and provided her with food and shelter. Officers spoke with the woman who says she is from Winchester and intends on staying in the area. The Winchester Police Department wants local residents to know that she will be part of the community and to respect her privacy if you see her in the area. She has expressed to officers that she wants to be left alone and is asking that the public respect her wishes.”

The woman has been identified as Elizabeth Poles, 56. Police told ABC News said she was “on a mission that has something to do with faith and religion.”

According to MyFox8, the woman’s brother, Raymond Poles, said she was in the military before moving to North Carolina for treatment at the VA Hospital. Pole reportedly told ABC News he thinks his sister will eventually return to her home state.