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His body was discovered three days later eight miles away in a wooded area near the popular Bovisand beach.
Local musician Cody Ackland, 24, whom the teenager did not know, was later charged with murder.
There were gasps in the public gallery today as he pleaded guilty to murdering Bobbi-Anne between November 20 and 23.
Bobbi-Anne’s heartbroken mother, Donna McLeod, sat in tears during the brief hearing.
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Ackland has been warned that he will face life in prison when he is sentenced in Plymouth Crown Court on May 19.
Judge Robert Linford said: “You have pleaded guilty to murder and the sentence is set by law.
“The sentence is life in prison and the only problem will be the minimum time I will impose.”
The court was told that prosecutors will not seek a trial on a kidnapping charge because of the guilty plea.
Bobbi-Anne’s body was discovered after Ackland
Bobbi-Anne’s body was discovered after Ackland walked into a police station and revealed what she had done.
She was found in a forest along a path between the military landmarks of Fort Staddon and Fort Bovisand.
Mystery still surrounds her death after an inquest in December heard that a medical cause of death had not yet been “determined.”
Chilling details of Bobbi-Anne’s final journey emerged after Ackland kidnapped her.
She left her house at 6 pm on November 20 to meet her boyfriend Louie Leach.
The teen was last seen at a nearby bus stop 15 minutes later, wearing her headphones and a bag of tobacco that was later discovered on nearby grass.
Louie had waited for the teen to arrive, but raised the alarm after she never showed up.
Her mother, Adele, later told The Sun: “She was destined to see him at that time.
“Louie was home, she was waiting for her.”
Agents did not initially reveal whether Bobbi-Anne had been abducted from the bus stop or whether she had voluntarily left her killer.
But as they searched Ackland’s nearby home, they revealed that she had been kidnapped by a stranger.
Tributes flooded in for Bobbi-Anne after her body was found.
Ella’s brother Lee de Ella shared a heartwarming childhood photo of the two smiling at the camera in their elementary school uniforms.
He wrote: “Until we meet again sister. I love you.”
“You didn’t deserve this, such a beautiful and talented girl, and having you as my little sister, the adventure and journey we had will always be treasured. Now go rest easy.”
Ackland is a lead guitarist in Plymouth with the indie rock group Rakuda, who regularly tour the city.
He is also the main songwriter and performed with his bandmates on BBC radio South West.
His bandmates previously announced that they would be splitting up out of respect for Bobbi-Anne.
They said: “The remaining members of Rakuda; Josh, Ross, Josh and Mike are extremely shocked and completely in disbelief at the tragic event that has unfolded over the past few days.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Bobbi-Anne McLeod, who must be devastated by the loss of her.
“As a mark of respect, we have decided that we will not be moving forward as a band and will be disbanding with immediate effect.
“We will not be making any further comments at this time.”
Following today’s verdict, Alison Hernandez, Commissioner of Police and Crime for Devon and Cornwall, said: “I can’t even begin to imagine the pain Bobbi-Anne McLeod’s family and friends have endured in recent months.
“While there is no justice that can bring Bobbi-Anne back, I am pleased that this case is being concluded quickly and I truly hope the family gets the answers they need to bring closure to this terrible incident.”