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Barely a week after it was found, Utah’s mystery obelisk has vanished.
The tower of stainless steel in a remote alcove in San Juan County attracted international attention after wildlife biologists caught a glimpse of it from the air earlier this month. The obelisk even has its own Wikipedia page.
Unfortunately for anyone who was hoping to make the pilgrimage to see it in person, it has disappeared.
The Salt Lake Tribune went to the former location of the obelisk Saturday to confirm its absence. All that was left of the tower was a triangular metal piece that used to be on top and a hole where the base of the tower stood. There are trails and tracks in the area around the obelisk from the many visitors who have come to see it over the past week.
The Bureau of Land Management says it did not remove the obelisk.
“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,” said BLM spokesperson Kimberly Finch in a statement to The Salt Lake Tribune. “The BLM did not remove the structure which is considered private property. We do not investigate crimes involving private property which are handled by the local sheriff’s office. The structure has received international and national attention and we received reports that a person or group removed it on the evening of Nov. 27.”
Colorado resident Riccardo Marino told The Salt Lake Tribune that he drove eight hours through the night to get to the obelisk. He said he was 30 minutes from the trailhead at 10:40 p.m. when he saw a truck with a large, rectangular object in the back driving away from the site. He said he finished the trip to the site and found that the obelisk was gone.
“(It was a) very eerie feeling, arriving in the moonlight to nothing there,” he said.
originally posted by: rickymouse
Someone probably came in with a helicoptor, hooked a noose on it, and yanked it up and away. Bet they could get a pretty penny for that thing, or just stick it in someone's mancave for something to talk about while they drink.
originally posted by: Willtell
This is a national disgrace. We need an investigation; Trump or Biden should put the DOJ on this. Contact area 51 pronto...
Heads must roll and disappear as fast as that obelisk
They should have put security guards out there
In the bitter cold in the dark night…
no excuse for this... Utah should be sanctioned.
Next time ship it to jersey... at least we'd have gotten some money for it