Detectives in Rochdale are today continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding the rape of a 90-year-old.
Due the seriousness of the investigation a number of forensic tests were fast tracked which have conclude that they attack of a sexual nature cannot be corroborated.
Although the allegations were investigated in good faith specially-trained officers continue to work with the 90-year-old lady to offer her support.
Superintendent Alistair Mallen based at Rochdale, said: “We have had an overwhelming response from the public and the media since we publicised this case yesterday and for that we are extremely grateful.
“This demonstrates once again the great sense of community that continues in Rochdale and across the country.
“The lady in question stated she had been raped and she gave the same account when she was video interviewed.
“As people would expect we carried out forensic tests and these were fast-tracked overnight. The results now show that there is no forensic evidence of a rape taking place.
“However, we are continuing to investigate the full circumstances of what happened to her. Something has clearly happened to this lady so we would like to hear from anyone who saw anything.
Greater Manchester Police have shown within this case they take reports of a sexual nature very seriously and have the right support in the right place.
Police Officers have a duty of care to investigate all reports of crime.