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Neighbor of University of Idaho murder house heard a scream on night of attack

A neighbor of the four University of Idaho students who were brutally stabbed to death has come forward to report hearing a scream on the night of the murders.

Inan Harsh, 30, who lives in an apartment building next to the off-campus home, said he returned from his job as a cook around 1:30 a.m. Nov. 13 and later heard someone yell, he told the Idaho Statesman.

As he dozed off around 4 a.m., he assumed it was a “party sound” coming from the six-bedroom house at 1122 King St. in Moscow, where the slain sorority sisters would often host get-togethers on weekends.

“I didn’t think anything of it,” Harsh told the paper. “After what happened, I’ve definitely had second thoughts. Maybe it was not a party sound.”

Harsh said he didn’t mention the disturbing detail to police during an initial conversation but later contacted investigators after it occurred to him that someone might have been screaming in distress.

murder house.
Harsh lives in the brick apartment building next to the home where the murders took place.
James Keivom

“I’m not sure what good it does for them now,” he said.

The neighbor said he also spotted an unfamiliar black luxury SUV at 1:30 a.m. parked a few spaces from the front of the home, which he reported to police.

The timeline of the scream reported by Harsh matches that of when police believe an intruder entered the three-story home and killed Kaylee Goncalves, 21, Madison Mogen, 21, Xana Kernodle, 20, and Ethan Chapin, 20, with a knife.

Murdered students
Kaylee Goncalves, 21, Madison Mogen, 21, Xana Kernodle, 20, and Ethan Chapin, 20, were stabbed to death by an intruder.

Two other roommates, who lived on the first floor of the home,  were left unharmed.

After nearly a month,  the case remains a mystery with police and the FBI announcing no suspects or profile of the possible killer.