The investigation only came to light yesterday, after persistent efforts by CI News since Monday to get a response from police to questions about the incident.
Detective Inspector Areumu Ingaua told CI News yesterday the attack occurred at a tourist accommodation in Ngatangiia in the early hours of Sunday morning.
He said it was alleged that the victim had been asleep when someone had entered her house and raped her.
“An investigation was carried out into this matter where a person of interest was identified and questioned on the same day,” Ingaua said.
“This person is well known to the victim and the police is not looking for anyone else involved. Investigations are continuing.”
Meanwhile, an earlier case where a female person was allegedly raped and brutally assaulted in the vicinity of Atupa village in the early hours of Saturday morning is still under investigation.
Though CI News understands officers have questioned suspects in relation to the case, Ingaua said police had yet to make any arrests
“We conducted house-to-house inquiries around the scene and a lot of information has been obtained from those households which will be of assistance to our investigation,” Ingaua said.
“We are currently analysing this information.”
Ingaua said that for the past two weeks the investigation had been focusing on Hidies night club in town.
Police believe the victim was taken from the club area to a location at the backroad in Atupa where the incident occurred.
“A number of exhibits had been sent to the Environmental Science and Research Limited (ESR) in New Zealand for analysis,” Ingaua said.
“We continue to seek the public’s assistance especially those who were at the Hidies nightclub on the night of Friday, March 4 and the early hours of Saturday morning.
“If anyone saw a woman in either a pink or red dress, taking a lift with someone on a motor cycle, please contact the police as we would like to talk to you.”
Anyone with information regarding the above incidents should call Cook Islands Police Service on 22499.All information received is strictly confidential.