Las Vegas Police Remove Mysterious Monolith

Someone is apparently playing an elaborate game all over the world
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 18, 2024 12:30 PM CDT
Updated Jun 21, 2024 3:15 PM CDT
Latest Mystery Monolith Turns Up in Nevada Desert
This photo provided by Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department shows a monolith near Gass Peak, Nev., on Sunday, June 16, 2024.   (Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department via AP)
UPDATE Jun 21, 2024 3:15 PM CDT

Las Vegas police won't say where they took it, but the department announced Friday that the monolith found jutting out of the rocks in the mountains not far from the city has been removed. "It remains unknown how the item got to its location or who might be responsible," one of the social media posts says. Police photos show the 6-foot-4 object on its side; it left a large indent in the ground because the rebar had been buried deep in the dirt and rocks, the AP reports. Police said they feared people would become lost or stranded while trying to find the prism.

Jun 18, 2024 12:30 PM CDT

The monolith looks like it could have come from another world. Jutting out of the rocks in a remote mountain range near Las Vegas, the glimmering rectangular prism's reflective surface imitates the vast desert landscape surrounding the mountain peak where it has been erected, per the AP. But where did the object come from, and is it still there? That's a mystery the US Fish and Wildlife Service said it was trying to solve.

Las Vegas police said members of its search-and-rescue unit found the otherworldly object over the weekend near Gass Peak, part of the vast Desert National Wildlife Refuge where bighorn sheep and desert tortoises roam. At 6,937 feet, it is among the highest peaks in the area north of Las Vegas. Photos accompanying a social media post by the department show the structure standing tall against a bright blue sky, with distant views of the Las Vegas valley. It evokes the object that appears in the Stanley Kubrick movie 2001: A Space Odyssey.

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Police did not respond to requests for more information about their discovery—the latest in a series of mysterious shiny columns popping up around the globe since at least 2020. In November of that year, a similar metal monolith was found deep in the Mars-like landscape of Utah's red-rock desert. Then came sightings in Romania, central California, and on the famed Fremont Street in downtown Las Vegas. All of them disappeared as quickly as they popped up. The Utah structure, which captured the world's imagination during the pandemic, is believed to be the first in the series.

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