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Manhunt for murder suspect leads to Ft. Pierce

Larry Peavy is suspected of killing a 16-year-old girl. (WPEC)

A manhunt is underway Thursday for a man who police say killed a teenage girl.

St. Lucie County Sheriff Deputies say 35-year-old Larry Peavy came to Ft. Pierce after killing 16-year-old Aleaya Jackson in Bushnell, a city 60 miles northeast of Tampa. Peavy's gray Nissan Sentra was found along Walker Drive in Ft. Pierce.


As many as 4 different agencies, including U.S. Marshals, are now searching for Peavy in St. Lucie County. Investigators say Peavy beat, sexually assaulted and then killed the girl. Her body was found inside a home on Sunday.

Security camera photos released by the Sumter County Sheriff's Office show Peavy's car heading south on the Turnpike. A man who looks like Peavy can be seen behind the wheel. Deputies say Peavy used to live in Fort Pierce and still has family in the area.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call the St. Lucie Sheriff's Office, (772) 462-7300

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