Please respect the mysterious ‘Woman in Black’ police warn

WINCHESTER, Va. — Some of the mystery surrounding the “Woman in Black” has been solved. The woman who has been spotted around the Southeast for the last few weeks turned up in Winchester, Virginia last night.

Winchester Police were called to Valley Avenue about 9 p.m.

“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,” Winchester Police said. “Officers spoke with the woman who says she is from Winchester and intends on staying in the area.”

Police said the woman, who they identified as 56-year-old Elizabeth Poles, asked to be left alone and urged the public to respect her wishes.

During the course of her journey, Poles became a social media star. The “Where is the Mysterious Woman in Black?” Facebook page grew to 52,000 likes.

On Wednesday, Poles’ brother said his sister served in the military and was getting treatment at a VA hospital in North Carolina when she asked to live with him in Alabama.

“For the first few months, she was doing great,” Poles told ABCNews.com. “Then one Sunday, when my wife and I picked her up, she shaved her head. She was asking me, ‘Where can I buy those long black robes?’”

He said she soon started her trek back to Virginia where she was raised.

“I don’t believe she will stay in Virginia,” Poles told ABCNews.com “I think she will come back again.”

28 comments

    • Christina

      How the hell do you figure she’s craving attention when she asked to be left alone. Last I checked attention seekers want Attention not to be alone. Once again idiots who think they know it all.

      • Timmy McFadden

        Yes, she is an attention-pig, and so are you. I’d be willing to bet you’re one of the “people of Walmart” type…overweight, but still try to fit into skinny jeans and stiletto heels. Disgusting.

    • Toni

      Why do you think she craves attention for fact she’s different than you and she’s wearing all black just because she’s different than you doesn’t mean thing but her being different than you and I she said wanted be left alone so let’s do just that.

  • anonymous

    Michael what makes u think she craves attention? Maybe she is mentally ill and walked ALONE to BE ALONE?

  • taxi7lady

    she has her own adgenda, I don’t believe she is here to harm anyone! just wants to do her own thing! i just hope she does not have any mental problems.

  • amanda white

    the attention pigs are the ones giving it, how is she seeking it? by walking alone in a black robe? she is obviously not the problem, if she can’t walk alone in a black robe without someone saying something, you are the one with the issue, not her.

    • Shaft

      McFadden is a troll on this website.
      Probably has nothing better to do all day since he’s probably given monthly handouts from the government.

    • Kim

      WOW! Some of the comments here are sad! Seems like your the one begging for attention. Ladies, he is enjoying getting you fired up. Don’t give him the pleasure. Some people are so small minded that when they don’t understand something, they automatically have something negative to say about it rather than take the time to read up, take a class. or do something to learn about something “Different”. I feel sorry for those who fear the unknown.

  • Christina

    Well somebody here is a sexist! All women are not like that actually AND but if it were that way is rather be an attention pig then just a straight pig (most men are like that)

  • Ms. Boop

    Collecting disability from the VA and nothing to do will give her exactly what she wants!! If she had sense enough to ask where to buy the long black robe, she has a plan! I would not want her hanging around my neighborhood.

    • Kim

      SMH! All she does is walk alone in silence and when she has talked it’s been about the bible! She is welcome in my neighborhood anytime! Matthew 7:12 “So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.”

      • Kim

        SHE IS GETTING BENEFITS BECAUSE SHE SERVED THIS COUNTRY AND FOUGHT FOR ALL OF YOUR FREEDOM! SHE IS ENTITLED! SHE DIDN’T ASKED TO BE NAMED “THE WOMAN IN BLACK”, NOR DID SHE ASK FOR ALL OF THIS ATTENTION! DOES SHE LOOK LIKE SHE GETS ON FACE BOOK OR HAS A TELEVISON??? NO! WE DID THIS TO HER! WE (YOU, I AND THE MEDIA)! I PRAY TO GOD THAT NONE OF YOU EVER DO ANYTHING OUT OF THE ORDINARY OR OFF THE GRID. BECAUSE I AM AFRAID YOU MAY COME ACROSS PEOPLE LIKE YOURSELFS WHO SHOW NO MERCY OR COMPASSION FOR THEIR FELLOW MAN!

  • Linda

    I admire her for her independence. The article said she had served in the military. I think she looks great and hope she has enough food to eat and a place to lay her weary head.

  • Robbie

    It appears she has converted to Islam from the looks of her clothes. I’m with those that say leave her alone. I’m also with those that say she needs help. You have to be crazy to convert to Islam. Islamic men treat women almost as bad as Republicans.

    • Thomas Henderson

      So wearing a robe makes you look like a convert to islam? You do know Christians and Jews wore those kind of robes in the Middle East right? The clothing is meant to protect you from the sun and keep you cool, but someone that makes a comment that Republicans treat women as bad as islamic men, shows a major lack of intelligence. Please enlighten me and others how this is true.

    • Mark

      “It appears she has converted to Islam from the looks of her clothes”….it appears you presume too much. Maybe do some proper research and educate yourself. If she did convert to islam she would be wearing a veil to cover her face which she isn’t. Secondly long robes were and still are worn by christians and muslims alike in the middle-east. Thirdly, black is a colour of mourning in christianity. I suggest you read a little more and watch little less al-qaeda documentaries.

    • Adam

      “Islamic men” are called Muslims, Robbie. And no, women to us are the greatest beings ever created.
      But I’m glad to see you’re not a racist building your beliefs on people you probably never met.

      Could you please link me to one if your Facebook “Islamic man” friends who treats woman bad? Have you ever met a Muslim?

  • bobcat

    WHY do people always talk about someone else? Its hard enough to keep ourselves straight in this messed up world!

  • Dotti

    I agree the public should leave her alone. BUT…. I do think she should be evaluated just to make sure she is stable…. You never know about a person…. People bothering her could make her do something bad… God Bless her for serving our country…. Who knows what horrible things she may have seen over there fighting for our freedom….

  • Mark

    I am amazed at the ignorant and illiterate comments made in regards to this woman; some of you don’t even know how to write. Whatever her story may be it is of nobody’s concern…it’s her life, her problems, her journey and thus her story. Has she asked anything from anybody? Has she begged? Has she stolen? No! She has clearly stated that she wants to be left alone, which most curious and understimulated people simply are not able to understand…maybe given their boring lives. And for those commentors who talk about her ‘stability’…please get a life! Most of you live such a conformist life and probably would never understand self-sacrifice or discovering oneself unless it’s in front of a TV gouging yourselves with bags of doritos and gallons of soda watching some useless reality show. So much for the land of the free.

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