Officers from Bedfordshire Police have issued an image of a man they wish to speak to as part of their investigation into the rape of an 18-year-old woman in Bedford.
The incident took place in woods near The Spinney at around 9pm on Friday 16 April.
The woman was with a younger girl when they were approached by a man who engaged them in conversation and then raped her.
Police are now keen to speak to a man who was seen in the area at the time, and who may have vital information.
Detective Inspector Michelle Lack, from the force’s RASSO team, which investigates sexual offences, said: “We are taking this very seriously indeed, and our investigation is ongoing.
“This was an extremely distressing incident for the young woman and her friend, and our team of specialist officers is supporting them.
“We are working hard following up all lines of enquiry, and would now like to identify this man as he may be able to help.”
Anyone who knows this man, or who may have information about the incident, is asked to report via the force’s online reporting centre, quoting reference Operation Elegy.
Alternatively, you can contact independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.