Talker: Teenager finds 7.44 carat diamond in Arkansas state park


This Saturday, March 11, 2017, photo provided by the Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism shows a 7.44 carat diamond that was found Saturday by teenager Kalel Langford at the Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro, Ark.


Waymon Cox | Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism via AP

This Saturday, March 11, photo, provided by the Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism shows Kalel Langford holding a 7.44 carat diamond he found at Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro, Ark.


Waymon Cox | Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism via AP


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    MURFREESBORO, Ark. — A teenager has found a 7.44 carat diamond at a state park in southwestern Arkansas.

    Officials at Crater of Diamonds State Park at Murfreesboro say the rock found Saturday by 14-year-old Kalel Langford is the seventh largest found since the park was established in 1972. The park hasn’t provided an estimate of the diamond’s value.

    The teen said in a statement Thursday that he spotted the diamond among rocks near a stream. He has named it “Superman’s Diamond” and plans to keep it as a souvenir.

    Park interpreter Waymon Cox describes the diamond as pinto-bean sized and similar in color to coffee.

    The largest diamond ever discovered in the United States, the 40.23 carat “Uncle Sam,” was unearthed on the land in 1924.

    — The Associated Press

    This Saturday, March 11, 2017, photo provided by the Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism shows a 7.44 carat diamond that was found Saturday by teenager Kalel Langford at the Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro, Ark.
    http://timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/web1_Talker2LR.jpgThis Saturday, March 11, 2017, photo provided by the Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism shows a 7.44 carat diamond that was found Saturday by teenager Kalel Langford at the Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro, Ark. Waymon Cox | Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism via AP
    This Saturday, March 11, photo, provided by the Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism shows Kalel Langford holding a 7.44 carat diamond he found at Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro, Ark.
    http://timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/web1_Talker1LR.jpgThis Saturday, March 11, photo, provided by the Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism shows Kalel Langford holding a 7.44 carat diamond he found at Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro, Ark. Waymon Cox | Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism via AP

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