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10/02/2016 11:06 GMT | Updated 10/02/2016 12:59 GMT

Milly Dowler's Family Speak Out After Levi Bellfield Admission Of Her Murder

The family of murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler have spoken out over their "torment and pain" after her killer Levi Bellfield finally gave harrowing details of his crimes.

In a statement they said they hoped the 13-year-old's "soul, at long last, can finally rest in peace" now that the serial killer has given his account.

They released the horrific details of her final hours so the public would know the "true heinousness" of Bellfield's crime.

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Milly Dowler was just 13 when she was murdered

Bellfield would only speak to female officers from Surrey Police when he decided to confess and gave them disturbing details of how he repeatedly raped, tortured and murdered Milly.

The Dowler family said: "We believe that they should know what Bellfield did to our beautiful daughter and sister Milly."

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Milly's parents Bob and Sally Dowler, and sister Gemma outside court the day after Bellfield was found guilty

The schoolgirl was snatched by Bellfield, now 47, while walking from school to her home in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, in March 2002.

He took her to his mother's house where he raped her. She was then taken to another location where the ordeal continued.

Bellfield didn't kill her until a day later when he strangled her to death.

Following a trial at the Old Bailey, Bellfield, who now calls himself Yusuf Rahim, was found guilty of abducting and murdering the teenager.

He was already in prison at the time for the murders of Amelie Delagrange, 22, and Marsha McDonnell, 19, and the attempted murder of 18-year-old Kate Sheedy.

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Convicted murderer Levi Bellfield in an undated police handout

Dowler’s body was discovered in woodland in Yateley Heath, Hampshire, 25 miles from her home. The cause of death could not be determined.

Bellfield's admission came after Surrey Police arrested a second man in connection to the abduction and rape of Dowler, however he was later released with no further action.

He was given a whole-life sentence in June 2011.