Mysterious 'Woman in Black' making way through multiple states

Lady on foot claims to be on 'Bible mission'

SOUTHWEST OHIO - After seeing a woman dressed in a long black robe and carrying black luggage roaming America's highways, some want to know her purpose.

The woman has been seen in Virginia, and last week, she was in Tennessee. In recent days she has been spotted in two cities in Ohio.

No one is certain of her identity, though police reports have her listed as Elizabeth Poles, 56, of Motts, Alabama. That is information she has given authorities.

In a YouTube video that was shot in Wise County, Virginia, the woman is at a strip mall and surrounded by a group of people. She is talking about Jesus.

The video was posted to YouTube on June 3.

According to a story in The Herald-News in Dayton, Tennessee, Rhea County Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy John Argo said she has not been a threat “to anyone or herself.” Argo told the newspaper the woman said she was originally from an “Islamic nation" and that she formerly worked at the Pentagon, but law enforcement officials doubted the information.

Poles has told others she is on a Bible mission and was headed to Winchester, Va.

Have you spotted the mystery woman? If so, send photos to newsdesk@wcpo.com.

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