Stumbled upon by bighorn sheep counters, the tall metal object in the Utah desert baffled officials — and delighted the public, who began speculating on a scene straight out of a science-fiction movie.
There were theories — the work of an artist? aliens? — but no one seemed to know who put it there or why.
Now the monolith has vanished, leaving the curious with even more questions. The Utah Bureau of Land Management said this weekend that it has heard of “a person or group” removing the object on Friday night.
“We have received credible reports that the illegally installed structure, referred to as the ‘monolith’ has been removed from Bureau of Land Management (BLM) public lands by an unknown party,” the bureau said in a statement that was posted on Facebook. It added that it does not investigate “crimes involving private property” such as the monolith.