70-Year-Old Man Finds 2.78-Carat Diamond in Murfreesboro

MURFREESBORO, Ark.- - A 70-year-old Montana man fulfilled a childhood wish to dig for diamonds and didn't leave empty handed. 

Wendell Fox grew up in Arkansas and always wanted to dig for diamonds as a kid at the Crater of Diamonds State Park. Fox lives in Montana and is now retired, but got the chance to come back to the Natural State to dig with his wife. 

On their second day at the park, Fox found a brown gem near the area where one of the park's many well-known diamonds was found. Fox said he was "80 to 90 percent" sure he found a diamond. His feelings were right when park staff confirmed he found a 2.78-carat diamond. 

The best part about the find: Fox and his wife were surface searching!

Park Interpreter Waymon Cox said “It’s no surprise that Mr. Fox found his diamond by surface searching. It has rained a lot at the park this spring, and so far we have registered 11 diamonds that were found on top of the ground in May.”

The Fox's chose to name their diamond the "Way Out Yonder," in honor of their home in Montana. The couple said they plan on keeping their diamond and may have it mounted in a piece of jewelry.

Their diamond is the second largest found in the park this year. The largest so far was found by Centerton resident Kalel Langford, who found a 7.44-carat diamond. 

For more information on the park, click here. 

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