Police ask public to leave ‘Woman in Black’ alone

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WINCHESTER, Va. (PIX11) — A mysterious woman has been spotted wearing all black and traveling on foot with black luggage through several states, but now police are asking the public to leave her alone.

The woman, identified as 50-year-old Elizabeth Poles, caught the attention of several residents of the Virginia town, prompting numerous calls to the police department and dozens of people gathering to take a closer look at her.

Poles had been spotted walking through Georgia, Kentucky, West Virginia and Ohio. A Facebook page was even created for the “mysterious” woman.


The Winchester Police Department is now telling residents to respect Poles’ privacy.

“For her safety and the safety of others, officers took her to an undisclosed location and provided her with food and shelter,” the department said in a statement. “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.”


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