A 9-year-old girl from Missouri found a 1.53-carat diamond at Arkansas' Crater of Diamonds State Park, officials said Monday.
The park said in a news release that Grace Houston found the diamond Saturday on the family's second day of searching at the park.
The trip was a surprise for Grace, who enjoys geology and wants one day to become a geologist, the release said. It noted the family searched for diamonds on the first day despite a heat advisory in effect for much of the state, including the park near Murfreesboro.
"Grace was determined to find a diamond and declared that she would have come back, even if it meant coming alone," the release said.
Earlier this year, a St. Louis woman found a 1.8-carat diamond at the park.