Utah Police have said they will not open a major investigation into the disappearance of a mysterious silver monolith that garnered international attention after its discovery in the Utah desert.
The San Juan County Sheriff said the office did not have the resources to spend a lot of time and energy investigating who took the item away, which was initially illegal because it was being placed without permission amid red rocks on a remote section of public land.
The creator of the monolith also remains a mystery. Authorities are accepting advice from anyone who has seen anything suspicious related to the find.
The monolith was spotted on November 18 by state helicopter crews helping wildlife biologists count bighorn sheep. It was about 11 feet tall and appeared to be made of stainless steel.
Utah officials did not specify where the monolith was located, but people quickly found it using satellite imagery from 2016 and determined its GPS coordinates.
Hundreds of people have traveled to see the shiny, almost otherworldly object. Visitors parked vehicles at factories and left trash, the Federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) said, adding that the site did not have parking, bathrooms or cell phone coverage and that some cars had to be towed from the remote area after getting stuck.
The site is now empty except for a rectangular piece of metal covering a hole where the monolith was located.
The BLM has reminded all potential visitors that driving off designated roads in the area remains illegal.