Could a woman dressed in black be an angel? Some of the people that have seen a mysterious figure that fits this description are wondering if that is the case.
"Where is the Mysterious Woman in Black?" popped up on Facebook on July 18 after buzz grew on the Internet over the woman who has been spotted in multiple states, including Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio and Virginia. The page collects photos snapped by passerby of the woman, who wears trailing black robes and a shawl over her head.
Videos have also popped up on Instagram, and there is a hashtag as well: #womaninblack.
This video, posted to YouTube on June 3, was filmed in Virginia and shows the woman having a conversation with people about religion.
Some people that have encountered the woman have positive stories to tell. L. Ward, a Facebook user, posted on the Facebook page that her daughters met the woman and felt there was something magical about her.
"My daughters saw this lady last night at our Walmart here in Chillicothe, Ohio. My daughters, being teenagers were a little 'freaked out' but as they walked into the door she was sitting beside, my daughter said the woman had a sparkle/glow around her. I asked if maybe she had shiny things sewn on her clothes and my daughter said no. My daughter also reported a very peaceful feeling as she walked past this lady. Whatever this lady's mission, she had an effect on my girls last night," the post read.
Another Facebook user believes that the woman wants to be noticed.
"Enough with the 'just leave her alone' and 'it's none of your business' comments. You don't walk around the country wearing a black chador, talk about being on a Bible mission, and acting 'mysterious' unless you are looking for attention," user E. Grate said.
CNN affiliate WCYB reports that the woman's name is Elizabeth Poles and that she is from Motts, Alabama. According to CNN affiliate WATE, the woman told Sullivan County Sheriff investigators she was from an Islamic nation and worked at the Pentagon, but they determined that was not true.