Detectives investigating a serious sexual assault which took place back in 1990 have widened their appeal to trace a couple who came to the aid of the distressed teenage victim.
Officers have been trying to trace the man and woman who helped the teenager in 1990 but have so far been unable to track them down.
The victim reported the incident to police earlier this year and inquiries have been ongoing since then. This week, officers widened their search for the pair as it is believed they may have now moved out of the area.
The victim, who was 15 at the time, was raped at an address near Halton Road, Runcorn, in 1990.
She managed to escape from the house and ran along Halton Road until she flagged down a car driven by a man in his early 20s. His passenger was a woman around the same age.
They dropped her off and made sure she got into her house safely. The woman knocked on the door and urged the girl to tell her parents what had happened. However, the victim made her go as she did not want her parents to know what had happened.
DI Clare Coleman, who is investigating the incident, said: “We initially appealed for the couple to come forward a few months ago hoping they would see the appeal and come forward. But so far we have not heard from them.
“Our initial appeal was focused on the local community hoping the couple still lived locally. Given that no-one came forward we now believe the couple may have moved out of the area and are extending our appeal to a wider audience in the hope we can trace them.
“Even though it was a long time ago, I am sure the couple will still remember picking up a teenage girl who was clearly in a distressed state and certainly remember hearing the shocking revelation she had been raped.
“The man and woman kindly dropped her off and made sure she got into her house safely. Maybe as an afterthought, the woman knocked on the door and urged the girl to tell her parents what had happened.
“However, the victim made her go because she didn’t want her parents to know what had happened.
“I would urge this man and woman to come forward and help us with our investigation. I′m sure they must wonder whatever happened to that young girl they helped - and would want to do anything they could to help her again if they had the opportunity.
“This is their chance − if you recognise yourself as the man and woman who helped the teenager please contact me or my team in the Dedicated Rape Unit on 101 quoting incident number 114 of 26 April 2014.”
Alternatively information can be given anonymously by contacting Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.