An offender who sexually assaulted an underage girl in a nature reserve in Northwich has not yet been caught.
Cheshire Police are seeking information to help trace the man after the teenager was attacked in Poors Wood.
Officers are asking the public to ‘cast their minds back’ to March this year when the incident, which has only recently been reported, took place.
They are keen to speak to a dog walker who stopped to talk to the victim shortly after the assault.
'Even the smallest detail can be significant'
Detective inspector Adam Waller said: “We are are urging local people to cast their minds back to March to see if they can remember anything significant, which might assist with the investigation.
“We appreciate this is asking people to think back over a period of a few months, but even the smallest detail can be significant when piecing together a case.
“In particular we are keen to trace a woman who is believed to have stopped and spoken to the victim around the time of the incident.
“The woman may not have realised that something was wrong at the time. If this is you please come forward and speak to us– you may not have realised that something was wrong.”
The victim was passing through Poors Wood in Kingsmead when she was sexually assaulted. It is believe to have been between 7.30pm and 8pm sometime in March this year.
She had been approached by a man aged between 35 and 45 years old, who then left the scene after carrying out his attack.
It was after this the woman, who was out walking her terrier, asked the girl if she was OK.
The suspect is described as white, with dark brown hair, 5ft 10in tall with a deep voice. He had stubble and scarring from acne on his face.
At the time he was wearing black baggy trousers and a black hooded top with red writing on it.
Northwich LPU chief inspector Simon Meegan said: “I would like to reassure the local community that incidents such as this are rare and officers are doing all they can to trace whoever is responsible.
“We would always urge people to follow basic safety advice when out and about, remain vigilant when walking alone especially at night, maintain an awareness of your surroundings and try and stick to well-lit areas.
“If you see anyone acting suspiciously or have any concerns then contact police immediately.”
Anyone with any information is urged to call Cheshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 848 of June 30.
Information can also be left anonymously, via Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111.