Police have issued a fresh plea for information after confirming that officers are investigating a possible sexual assault in Elgin.
A woman in her 30s was attacked on a pavement in the town’s Murray Street, outside a supported accommodation complex.
Officers have now confirmed one line of inquiry being pursued is that the assault was “of a sexual nature”.
The incident took place on Wednesday night, and detectives launched an effort to track down the man they believe to be responsible.
They released a description of the man as being in his 40s, and of a slim build with a round face and a bald or balding head.
At the time, he was wearing a white T-shirt with a dark round pattern on the front, dark tracksuit bottoms and trainers and was carrying a white plastic bag.
Detective Inspector Norman Stevenson, who is leading the investigation, yesterday renewed his appeal for details which could help track down the mystery assailant.
He said: “Our investigation is still ongoing, and I thank those who have assisted us with information and assistance so far.
“I would like to reiterate that we are treating this as an isolated incident, and I would also like to stress how rare incidents of this nature are in the area.
“Our main priority is the woman involved, and we are providing all assistance necessary to her while the inquiry progresses.
“We take all reports of crimes of this nature extremely seriously, and I can assure the public that every line of inquiry will be pursued to identify and deal with those responsible.
“In particular I would appeal for anyone who knows of or has seen a male matching the description provided to get in touch.”
The incident occurred after 9.30pm on Wednesday, and a stretch along Murray Street was cordoned off for more than 12 hours as officers examined the scene well into Thursday morning.
A forensics expert took several photographs, and collected samples from the ground to be analysed.
Neighbours said they were concerned for their children’s safety following the incident.
Anyone with information about the incident has been asked to call the police on 101 or the Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555111.