By Phyllis Stark. CREATED Jul 29, 2014
Sightings of a mysterious woman in black walking along U.S. highways in the South and Midwest have the Internet buzzing.
The woman, wearing a long black dress that resembles a burka, has been spotted many times walking along busy roads pulling a wheeled cart, sparking a near-viral curiosity about her identity and mission.
As NBC News reports, “She has been dubbed the ‘Woman in Black’ by TV stations, police and followers on the Web. People have been posting pictures documenting sightings of her on a Facebook page titled ‘Where is the Mysterious Woman in Black? and on Twitter with the hashtag #womaninblack.”
The woman is reportedly a 56-year-old U.S. Army veteran from Motts, Alabama, named Elizabeth Potts, who claims she is on a Bible mission.
Raymond Poles told Reuters he is the woman's brother and says she is the mother of two.
NBC News reports the woman 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 told Reuters, "I wish she would come back and let us help her.”