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Mysterious monolith is missing, and people have theories

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The metal monolith, planted by unknown sources in the Utah desert at some point before last week, has gone the same way it arrived: shrouded in mystery. 

Officials from the Utah Department of Public Safety and the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources discovered the three-sided silver structure on Nov. 18 via helicopter, while on a routine mission to count bighorn sheep.

Now the monolith is no longer — except for some remaining rocks and a triangular piece of metal, according to visitors who posted photographs online Saturday. 

With no clear explanation for the disappearance in sight, Twitter users began speculating on the latest strange twist in a very strange year. 

One leading theory is that the monolith was the work of a California artist who died in 2011 — and was a friend of Star Trek actor Leonard Nimoy. In its sudden disappearance, however, some detected the hand of another more prank-friendly artist. 

So far as we know, there was no attempt to vandalize the monolith — though it seems like the kind of thing humanity would do to its first alien visitor. 

With no leads in the case, local authorities — specifically, the Sheriff’s Office in San Juan County, Utah — declined to investigate. But they did decide to have some fun on Facebook.

Image: facebook screenshot

Wherever the monolith dwells now, it’s clear that 2020 isn’t done with its surprises. Perhaps we shall see this modern version of the crop circle again before the year is out. 

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