Leesburg

Mom tipped authorities to catch suspect in daughter's death

The black tape around the 16-year-old's head and mouth was so taut that the skin on her neck had folded in, according to court documents.

Aleaya Jackson had been hanging out with her best friend in Tavares when the 35-year-old man she called "Uncle Larry" picked them up and took them to his Bushnell home to party and then overpowered the girls, according to authorities. Aleaya was strangled to death; her friend was tortured and raped but survived the November night of terror, authorities said.

After more than two months on the lam, Larry Peavy was arrested Jan. 12 in a Wal-Mart parking lot that straddles Leesburg and Fruitland Park, authorities said. Aleaya's...

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