THE seriousness of her injuries mean that police have still not yet been able to fully interview the victim of an assault in Elgin.
A 44-year-old woman was discovered six days ago in an alleyway leading off Woodside Terrace shortly after 5am.
She had head injuries which officers have described as "unexplained".
However, the officer leading the investigation has confirmed that the incident is being treated as an assault and is appealing for anyone with information to get in touch as extensive enquiries continue.
Detective Inspector Norman Stevenson said: "This has been an extremely complex case to deal with, especially as we have been unable to fully speak to the woman involved yet to establish what happened because of the extent of her injuries.
"Whilst we kept an open mind from the outset, as a result of our enquiries I am now content to say that this is being treated as an assault. That being the case, this would have been targeted and pre-planned given the early hour and the fact no one else is usually out in that area at that time.
"I would like to reassure the public that there is no information available to us whatsoever to suggest that this was a random attack."
In order to try jog people’s memories, officers will be at the scene at the same time on Thursday morning – exactly a week after the attack.
DI Stevenson added: "Someone, somewhere knows what happened that morning and I would urge them to look into their conscience and come forward.
"The woman was on her way to get a bus on East Road so I would appeal to anyone who was out walking or driving in the area and saw anything unusual to get in touch, and to anyone with dashcam footage who was in the Newmill Road, Pansport Road or South Lesmurdie areas of Elgin.
"Even if you think your information might be insignificant, I would respectfully ask you to let us make that assessment and come forward."
The woman is currently receiving treatment at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary. At the time of the incident, she was wearing a light coloured jacket, blue jeans, brown boots and was carrying a black handbag.
She has fair hair and is of average build.
Call police on 101, quoting incident number 0354 of October 26. To remain anonymous ring Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.