The flat at the centre of an investigation into the unexplained death of a baby girl remains covered up and under police guard, four days after the “tragic” incident.
Officers stood guard outside the tarpaulin-shrouded block on Mackay Road throughout the weekend while specialist teams worked at the scene.
Others continued door-to-door inquiries as the force tried to piece together the circumstances that led to the the three-week-old losing her life.
One neighbours said the parents of the tot were a “lovely young couple” who had been “so excited” at having a child.
And the detective leading the investigation called on anyone with information to come forward.
The girl died on Thursday after being rushed to the city’s Raigmore Hospital.
Police issued a statement the following day saying the death was being treated as “unexplained” and they were working to establish the full circumstances of the death.
No other details have been released.
The ground floor flat has been sealed off by police and, unusually, the outside covered with a large blue tarpaulin hung from a balcony above to screen off the investigations.
Specialists forensics officers were seen working around the area on Saturday, while officers yesterday canvassed neighbours.
The sealed-off flat is understood to be occupied by a young couple who had moved there in recent months.
One neighbour, who did not want to be identified, yesterday said she did not know their names – but had spoken to the couple several times in passing.
She said: “They’re a lovely young couple.
“They were so excited to have their baby. It’s just so horrible.
“I don’t know what I’d feel if I was in their position.
“I don’t think anyone could know what they feel.
“My heart breaks for that wee baby.”
Another neighbour said: “There’s been a lot of comings and goings with the police.
“It’s just a tragedy, that’s all you can say really.”
Neighbours had previously said that an ambulance was outside the property on Thursday morning.
Another neighbour had just returned from being away in Aberdeen and said the “place felt different.”
Investigating officer Detective Inspector Brian Geddes said: “This is a tragic incident and we are carrying out a full investigation in order to establish the full circumstances.
“There will be a police presence in the area as officers carry out their inquiries.
“Anyone who has information that could assist us with the investigation is asked to contact us on 101, quoting reference number NN/14025/17 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 if you wish to remain anonymous.”