Platte is full of rumors about strange vehicles around during the wee hours of September 17, when Mid-Central Educational Cooperative business manager and GEAR UP scandal central figure Scott Westerhuis allegedly killed his family, set his house on fire, and shot himself. Angela Kennecke manages to get the first documentary evidence of one such mystery vehicle:
According to the owner of the 44 Road Stop Clark station in Platte, a surveillance video shows a white truck pulling an empty trailer past the station at 1:28 a.m. A semi and a car also pass by in the dark of that dark night. Then at 2:23 a.m., a white pickup pulling a trailer with something on it drives by in the other direction.
Kennecke claims that the truck shown at 1:28 a.m. “drives by in the direction of the Westerhuis property.” My analysis of the video and the map indicate Kennecke is wrong. The camera appears to face south from the station. The 1:28 clip thus shows the truck and empty trailer traveling east on Highway 44/West 7th Street. The 2:23 clip shows the truck and loaded trailer traveling west on Highway 44/West 7th Street.
The Westerhuis property is three miles south of Platte on 367th Avenue. To go there from the 44 Road Stop, one would go east one block, then turn south on Main Street.
The 1:28 clip does not show the white truck turning south on Main one block east of the station. The 2:23 clip does not show the white truck turning west onto 44 from Main.
To say that the truck shown in the 1:28 clip is headed “in the direction of the Westerhuis property” is as accurate as saying that it is headed in the direction of my property in Aberdeen. Each claim posits a turn that the video does not show.
Go get me the video from Casey’s one block east, at the intersection of 44 and Main, show me that truck turning south at 1:28, or just prove that Kennecke’s 1:28 clip shows the truck braking and signaling right, and we might have a story. Might.