We visited the sites Tuesday, September 7, 2021. We've heard about the truck parked across the highway. Well, on that side, there's an area with no guardrail and then an area with guardrail. Most likely, anybody pulling over would stop before the guardrail because the parking is pretty narrow once you get to the rail. There's be no room to open the passenger side door unless you parked a bit in the road.
Now if you park before the rail, you can look across the highway to where the house was located. But there's a pretty could mound of earth in the median. Maybe five foot high. And on the side nearest where one would park (near guardrail), I believe there's a bit of a ditch, too. Late at night, that would be a rather tricky climb and drop. Especially if carrying or dragging a child. One could walk further up or down the road and cross but you'd be more likely to be seen due to being a longer walk.
It just seems much more likely the killer would have parked at the business beside the Short house. It wouldn't have been out of the question to have even pulled in the driveway of their house near that same business. The driveway loops in at one corner of their property and out at the other end. Parking at the business or that end of the driveway also puts the killer nearer the phone line that was cut.
Both of us just really had doubts the killer would have parked all the way across the highway. If anything, drivers would have been more likely to have taken notice of the vehicle (and we do know the parked truck was seen by more than one person).
Here's the view of the guardrail. We stopped just before the end of the rail. This seems the most likely spot to park on the far side of the highway.
Here's a photo of our car parked in the same location. The location of the Short house is marked by the red arrow. Note that we're a decent distance off the pavement but could not have been that far out of the driving lane if we'd parked beside the guardrail.
Here's a photo when we actually parked beside the guardrail. We were pulled pretty close to the rail and you couldn't open the passenger door. You can see we did manage to stay out of the driving lane but it felt more dangerous than it looks in the photo. One end of the Short's driveway is just to the left of the orange barrels. The business I mentioned is also visible. It's a much better parking spot. Notice from where we're currently parked, the median hill is low at this point.
Finally, here's the view from the first place we parked, which was before the guardrail. Notice the mound in the median is rather high to cross in the dark. And there's a bit of a ditch on the nearside that you'd be unlikely to see in the dark. The house location is marked by the red arrow. The opening straight below the arrow is actually the main driveway entrance.