Bob and Sally Dowler have welcomed a decision by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) to charge Levi Bellfield with the murder of their daughter.
The murder of Amanda Dowler, known to her family as Milly, is one of Britain's best-known unsolved crimes.
She vanished while walking home from school in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, on March 21 2002. Six months later her skeletal remains were found 30 miles away by mushroom pickers in Yateley Heath, Hampshire.
Officials at the CPS complex casework unit began considering a huge dossier of police evidence last August.
The five files of material, drawn together by Surrey Police's Operation Ruby team, include new evidence against Bellfield obtained in December 2008. Officers believe they have compelling circumstantial evidence which links him to the crime.
Bellfield, 41, a former wheelclamper and doorman, will also be charged with another kidnapping.