A man who strangled 17-year-old Georgia Williams and dumped her body in woodland before fleeing to Scotland has admitted her murder.
Jamie Reynolds, who previously denied the charge, pleaded guilty at the start of the trial
The 23-year-old was at the centre of a UK-wide manhunt in May after killing Georgia in their home town of Wellington, Shropshire, and hiding her body in woodland near Wrexham.
Giving their initial reaction to Reynolds' guilty plea, Georgia's family released the following statement:
“The pain we feel is as raw now as it was when our beautiful Georgia was taken from us back in May.
“We will never ever be able to make any sense of what happened, or why it happened to a young woman as caring, kind and generous as our Georgia.
“Today’s guilty plea gives us no satisfaction at all; we do not and will never understand the heartbreaking events of earlier this year that changed our lives forever.”
A senior officer who investigated the schoolgirl's murder paid tribute to the incredible dignity of her family, and said he was glad they were spared the further trauma of a full trial.
Speaking outside Stafford Crown Court, Superintendent Adrian McGee, from West Mercia Police, said:
"We know the plea does nothing to ease their pain but hopefully it will help them begin to move forward with their lives once sentence is passed.
“The Williams family have been incredibly dignified and understanding throughout our investigation and I cannot praise them highly enough.
“This was a hugely challenging and unusual case for the police officers and staff involved and I’d like to thank everyone who has played a part in helping the investigation reach this point."