Woman finds 3.29-carat diamond at Arkansas state park

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MURFREESBORO, Ark. (KAKE) -

A woman has found the largest brown diamond at an Arkansas state park in more than two years. 

Pat Choate and her husband, John, live about a two hours from the Crater of Diamonds State Park. KHBS reports they've found five diamonds before, but Pat made her biggest discovery Tuesday.

She spent about 30 minutes searching before she found the 3.29-carat gem. 

“I saw something shiny several feet ahead of me and walked over to see what it was," Choate told Arkansas State Parks. "I lost sight of it when I got close, but then I turned around I found the diamond lying beside me!”

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Parks officials say it was the largest gem found at the park since a teen found a 7.44-carat brown diamond in March of 2017. 

The Crater of Diamonds State Park is the only diamond-producing site in the world where the public can search for diamonds and keep them. It's about a 7-hour drive from Wichita.