Search continues for suspect in Sumter County rape, killing of teenager

By: Myrt Price

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Sumter County investigators are hoping a $5,000 reward will generate new clues in the search for an accused killer and rapist.

 

It’s been more than a week since deputies said Larry Peavy killed Aleaya Jackson.

 

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Investigators believe Peavy is still hiding out in his hometown of Fort Pierce and that his resources are now drying up, so they hope to soon have him behind bars.

 

Interactive map: Known locations of Larry Peavy

 

Deputies said Peavy raped a 16-year-old and then killed another inside a Sumter County home.

 

The rape victim was able to get away and then direct deputies to Jackson, but it was too late.

 

Investigators said the suspect fled to Fort Pierce and that camera's captured him as he was driving on the turnpike.

 

Photos: Accused killed spotted in South Florida

 

Larry Peavy spotted in car heading to South Florida, investigators say. Peavy is accused of raping two teenage girls, killing one of them, Sumter County deputies say.
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Larry Peavy spotted in car heading to South Florida, investigators say. Peavy is accused of raping two teenage girls, killing one of them, Sumter County deputies say.
© 2017 Cox Media Group.

 

The suspect’s car was later found at his sister's house.

 

Officials said Peavy later got a friend to take him to Fort Lauderdale.

           

Deputies said tips have been pouring in, and that they saw a spike in tips when the reward was boosted to $5,000.

 

One of those tips recently sent investigators to a location where the suspect had been hiding out just a few hours before.

 

Although there have been reported sightings of Peavy all over the state, investigators still believe he is hiding out in Fort Pierce.

 

Jackson's mother said she is preparing for her daughter's funeral later this week.

 

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She said she and her family they won't begin to start the healing process until Peavy is behind bars.

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