A man arrested in connection with the rape of an 83-year-old woman in Fife has been released and is no longer a suspect, police have said.
The woman was attacked at about 5am on Thursday June 25 at a property at Meldrum Court, Glenrothes.
A 36-year-old man was arrested in connection with the incident but Police Scotland announced on Monday he has since been released without charge and eliminated as a suspect.
The force issued a fresh appeal for information on the crime and urged locals to make sure their homes are secure “at all times”.
Detective Chief Inspector John Anderson, of Fife CID, said: “A major investigation has continued at pace since this horrendous crime was reported and I am now in a position to confirm that a 36-year-old man arrested has been eliminated from our enquiries.
“We are continuing to appeal for information from anyone who may have seen any suspicious activity around Meldrum Court or in the Collydean area of Glenrothes during the early hours of Thursday June 25, and would urge anyone who can help to come forward.
“We are particularly keen to hear from anyone who was walking or in a vehicle travelling around the Collydean area of Glenrothes during the early hours of Thursday June 25 who may have seen someone acting suspiciously.
“I would also urge anyone who was in a vehicle with dashcam footage in that area of Glenrothes during that time period to also contact the police.
DCI Anderson added: “Local officers are being supported by specialist colleagues from across the country whilst this major investigation is ongoing.
“We are also continuing to provide support to the woman and her family while the investigation continues.
“Local residents will continue to see a highly visible police presence during this time. It is imperative that the local community remain vigilant and they continue to make sure their homes are as secure as possible at all times.”