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Posted on Monday, December 20 - 2004

Recently, a number of people have claimed to have seen ghostly Highway Sheila in the Chatsworth area, which she is said to haunt. Legend has it she is a restless spirit who is often seen by motorists in the middle of the road signalling them to stop. One tale has it that a man stopped to give Highway Sheila a lift one chilly night and lent her his leather jacket. When he dropped her off, he forgot his jacket.The next day, when hereturned to her home to pick it up, the woman who answered the door told him Sheila had died many years before.

Baffled, the man went to her grave and is said to have found his jacket lying on her tombstone.The Independent on Saturday asked Asherville psychic Faye le Roux, who has heard the legends many times, if Highway Sheila really exists."Sheila's spirit could be roaming around because, when a person dies traumatically - say by murder or suicide - the soul lingers on earth waiting for the time the person was meant to leave theearth," she said.Spirits like Highway Sheila were not dangerous and people who encountered her should not be afraid."This poor woman has been portrayed so negatively - she is not evil, but is searching for closure on her death," Le Roux said.

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