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Palm Springs man arrested in double shooting that left one dead

NEW: Martin, St. Lucie deputies join search for Florida murder suspect


Martin and St. Lucie County authorities helping to search for a man wanted in last weekend’s murder of a 16-year-old girl in Central Florida.

Authorities say Larry Peavy Jr. 35, raped and murdered the girl in Sumter County, about 40 miles south of Ocala. Martin County detectives received a tip Tuesday night that Peavy was spotted on foot in the area of Wright Boulevard and Federal Highway, north of the Roosevelt Bridge.

Detectives canvassed the area for several hours but were unable to find Peavy. Authorities say Peavy has ties to the Fort Pierce area. The St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office posted a wanted flyer from the U.S. Marshals Service to its social media pages.

Sumter County detectives say that, prior to killing the young girl, Peavy sexually assaulted a second teenager in the same area. He is described as being 6 feet 1 inch and 200 pounds, with brown eyes and black hair.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call 911.



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