The mysterious disappearance of a phallic-shaped sculpture from a German mountain slope, where it first appeared without explanation several years ago, has caught the attention of local police.
Local media reported that police in the Bavarian town of Kempten, about 79 miles southwest of Munich, were investigating the disappearance, although it was unclear whether a crime had been committed.
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“We don’t know if it’s a crime or not,” police spokesman Holger Stabik told local newspaper Allgaeuer Zeitung on Monday.
It seems that the almost 7-meter (2 meters) sculpture was cut off over the weekend, the newspaper writes. All that was left on the 5,702-foot (1,738-meter-high) Gruentin Mountains was a pile of sawdust and chips.
The sculpture has become a hotspot destination in recent years and even appeared on Google Maps, where it was classified as a “cultural monument”.
The media attributes his sudden appearance in the mountains to a local legend who says it was made as a birthday present for a young man whose family did not appreciate the gift. The 440-pound (200-pound) sculpture was then pulled up into the mountain and left there.
His disappearance comes just days after a mysterious monolith in Utah made headlines – before he suddenly disappeared alone.
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The Utah Land Management Bureau confirmed that the strange structure had been removed by an unknown party. The monolith has become a viral sensation since its recent discovery, sparking speculation about what it is and how it got here.
James Rodgers and The Associated Press of Fox News contributed to this report.