Two men have taken credit for removing the mysterious Utah monolith

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It was there… but now it’s gone.


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Last week the internet went crazy when a strange 2001: A Space Odyssey-esque monolith was spotted in the Utah desert. Then, as mysteriously as it showed up, the strange metal object disappeared. 

The state’s Bureau of Land Management “did not remove the structure, which is considered private property,” read a BLM statement posted on Facebook. 

We now know who did. 

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Michael James Newlands, a friend of adventure photographer Ross Bernards, used a smartphone to snap this photo of the monolith being disassembled on Friday night. 


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Colorado adventure photographer Ross Bernards was visiting the structure on Friday night when, he said, he saw four men arrive and dismantle it. He documented the structure’s presence, and then its absence, on Instagram. He also shared images snapped by a friend of the men taking it

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A mysterious metal monolith was found in the Utah desert. Now it has vanished.

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.

Metal monolith discovered in remote Utah desert

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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

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National Digest: Metal monolith found in Utah desert has vanished

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 about “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, adding that it does not investigate “crimes involving private property,” such as the monolith.

Utah Highway Patrol Cpl. Andy Battenfield confirmed to The Washington Post on Sunday that the structure is gone but said he could not speak to who took it or when.

The Utah Department of Public Safety was surveying sheep by helicopter Nov. 18 when workers discovered the monolith “installed in the ground in a remote area of red rock,” authorities said.

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Metal monolith found in Utah desert has vanished, officials say

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, adding that it does not investigate “crimes involving private property” such as the monolith.

Utah Highway Patrol Cpl. Andy Battenfield confirmed to The Washington Post on Sunday that the structure is gone but said he could not speak to who took it or when.

So people are left to wonder.

“The space aliens returned to remove it,” one person commented on Facebook beneath the Bureau of Land Management’s update. “The structure had gathered the needed data. That’s what

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The mysterious monolith in the Utah desert has now disappeared

Last week the internet went crazy when a strange 2001: A Space Odyssey-esque metal monolith was found in the Utah desert



a close up of a rock wall: It was there... but now it is gone. Utah Department of Public Safety Aero Bureau


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But now, according to officials from the Bureau of Land Management in Utah, the strange metal object is gone.

“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,” read the statement, posted on Facebook. 

“The BLM did not remove the structure which is considered private property.”

Video: Mysterious monolith found in Utah desert (CBS News)

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The Utah Department of Public Safety had initially discovered the object, in a helicopter in a remote region of southern Utah while

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Mysterious Metal Monolith In Utah Desert Suddenly Vanishes

A mysterious metallic monolith discovered deep in a Utah desert has suddenly vanished just days after it was first spotted by biologists from the air.

The 12-foot-tall structure apparently disappeared Friday night, according to “credible reports,” the Utah Bureau of Land Management said in a statement.

The “illegally installed structure” was removed by an “unknown party,” and not by department personnel, according to the BLM. There will be no investigation into its disappearance by the BLM because it’s “private property” and not part of the public lands, the statement added.

In the missing monolith’s place were some red rocks and a metallic triangle.

The monolith, which

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The mysterious monolith in the Utah desert is now gone

monolithaerobureau

It was there… but now it is gone.


Utah Department of Public Safety Aero Bureau

The internet went wild when a strange 2001: A Space Odyssey-esque metal monolith was found in the Utah desert. Later, devoted Reddit sleuths would discover more about the monolith and its potential origins

But now, according to officials from the Bureau of Land Management in Utah, the strange metal object is gone.

“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,” read the statement, posted on Facebook. 

“The BLM did not remove the structure which is considered private property.”

The Utah Department of Public Safety had initially discovered the object, in a helicopter in a remote region

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Mysterious Utah monolith’s location no longer a secret

The location of the mysterious monolith discovered last week among the red rocks of eastern Utah was destined not to remain a secret for long.

Monday’s revelation set off a frenzy of internet sleuthing, and by Wednesday intrepid hikers were posting selfies with the gleaming 10-foot-tall sculpture.

Utah wildlife officials spotted the object during an aerial count of bighorn sheep on Nov. 18 — and it was the record of their helicopter’s flight path that revealed the coordinates posted by Reddit user Tim Slane.

Slane told BBC reporters that he found a point in the flight record that indicated the helicopter might have landed, and then he examined satellite images of that area, about 20 miles southwest of Moab. One image revealed a shadow apparently cast by a tall, slender object.

Video: This mystery object was found in the Utah desert

Among the Reddit readers intrigued by Slane’s posting of

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Visitors track down mystery desert monolith in Utah

Some intrepid visitors have been flocking to a remote part of southern Utah in a bid to be among the first to see the mystery metal monolith.



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The structure in the Red Rock desert was first discovered last week from the air by a helicopter pilot and wildlife officers who were carrying out an annual count of bighorn sheep.

They did not share its coordinates, hoping to put people off trying to make their own pilgrimages in case they got lost in the remote area. But for some, the intrigue was overwhelming.

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Around 48 hours after news of their finding was made public, pictures appeared on Instagram of people who had managed to find it.

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Among them was David Surber, 33, a former US

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Theories Abound About the Origins of a Mysterious Monolith Discovered in the Utah Desert | Smart News

A survey crew from Utah’s Department of Public Safety (DPS) flew low in a helicopter over the state’s Red Rocks Country last week, scanning the craggy landscape. The team was working with the Division of Wildlife Resources to count bighorn sheep, which roam in this secluded part of the desert in southeastern Utah.

But instead of the sure-footed climbers, something else caught the researchers’ attention: a shiny metal monolith protruding from the red rocks. The strange, three-sided structure stood out against the surrounding desert and resembled something out of a science fiction movie.

“One of the biologists is the one who spotted it and we just happened to fly directly over the top of it,” pilot Bret Hutchings tells local television station KSL’s Andrew Adams. “He was like, ‘Whoa, whoa, whoa, turn around, turn around!’ And I was like, ‘what?’ And he’s like, ‘There’s this thing back there—we’ve got

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