The mysterious monolith disappears from the Utah desert a number of days after its discovery
Just as quickly as it seemed, the mysterious monolith recently discovered in a Utah desert has completely disappeared. Earlier this month, the monolith was found in a very remote area in the southeastern part of the state on land administered by the Federal Land Management Office. Nobody knew where it came from or how it got there, but the discovery was reminiscent of the 2001 Stanley Kubrick classic: A Space Odyssey that generated a lot of media coverage and discussion on social media.
Now the monolith is reportedly gone, and state officials are similarly baffled. A statement released by Utah officials reports that the structure was removed sometime Friday night, but they still don’t know who removed it. It is also unclear whether the monolith was taken by the same person or group that originally installed it, or whether a third party managed to locate and remove the structure after being reported by the press. When it was discovered, the Bureau of Land Management did not disclose the exact location of the monolith, but some people were able to locate its coordinates on Google Earth.
“We have received credible reports that the illegally installed structure known as the ‘Monolith’ has been removed from the public land of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) by an unknown party,” the statement said. “The BLM did not remove the private property structure. We are not investigating private property crimes that are being handled by the local sheriff’s office. The structure has received international and national attention, and we have received reports that one person is or group removed them on the evening of November 27th. “
According to reports, it appears like someone used a concrete cutting tool to remove the monolith buried deep in the ground. Given that the BLM is not investigating the matter further and it is up to the local sheriff to initiate a criminal investigation, we are unlikely to get an explanation for the structure’s installation and sudden removal. There is only so much a local police department can do about a strange object that disappears from the desert with no clue as to where it came from.
The discovery of the 10 foot monolith gave rise to a multitude of theories by people, offering both rational and fancy explanations. Many assume it’s an art installation planted there by an unknown Kubrick fan, perhaps in homage to 2001: A Space Odyssey. If so, those responsible could be prosecuted if identified as the structure’s installation was illegal. This could also explain why the monolith was removed as the people involved may have been afraid of the possible legal ramifications. Others believed it could have UFO and alien connections.
It’s just as possible that media attention resulted in someone else stealing the monolith. Tourist Riccardo Marino posted on Instagram that he and Sierra Van Meter traveled to the monolith to take a few photos and saw a pickup truck with a large object in bed that drove away from the spot. According to Marino, they then found that the structure was missing and that someone appeared to have urinated on the floor and wrote “Bye b ****!” in sand.
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