Sally Dowler and Bob Dowler
Sally Dowler and Bob Dowler were forced to remain silent until Surrey Police ruled out an accomplice in the murder of Milly Dowler Getty

Milly Dowler endured a harrowing final 14 hours alive at the hands of killer Levi Bellfield, a family statement has agonisingly revealed.

Bellfield admitted to the abduction, rape and murder of the 13-year-old in January 2016. He is serving a whole-life prison sentence after being found guilty in June 2011 of brutally murdering the schoolgirl in March 2002. The family has also revealed it knew Bellfield was close to admitting the crimes but was forced to remain silent while Surrey Police investigated a potential accomplice.