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Finders keepers: No one claims $7,000 diamond

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A man who found a 1-carat diamond last year outside a Moorhead pizza joint can keep it because no one claimed the lost gem, Forum Communications reported.

The south Moorhead man wants to remain anonymous, police said. He found the oval diamond in September in the Holiday Mall parking lot near Little Caesar’s Pizza and turned it over to police, Forum reports. A local jeweler valued the stone at roughly $7,000.

Local media ran stories about the find, but no one stepped forward to prove ownership of the diamond, Forum reports. An identification number in the diamond did not lead to any registration records.

State law says that the finders of lost goods or money can keep the items if they were found in a public or semi-public place – and after a reasonable amount of time has passed for owners to reclaim it.

ValleyNews Live has several images of the stone, and reports that police in Moorhead were appreciative that the man made a good-faith effort to find the gem's owner.

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