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    Damien Nettles, missing since November 2nd 1996 - 5 men arrested.

    Not sure if this is the right place to put this, but seeing as he is still missing etc I thought it might be the best place.

    http://news.sky.com/skynews/Home/UK-..._Isle_Of_Wight

    Five men have been arrested on suspicion of the murder of a teenage boy who went missing nearly 15 years ago.


    Damien Nettles, (l) at the age of 16 and (r) as he might look now

    Damien Nettles, 16, was last seen on November 2, 1996, after a night out with friends in Cowes on the Isle of Wight.
    CCTV shows him beginning a walk home that should only have taken around 15 minutes, but he never arrived and has not been seen since.
    Detectives investigating Damien’s disappearance detained the men "in response to information about the case".
    The five men were arrested on Tuesday and are being questioned at a number of different police stations across the island and in Hampshire.
    They are a 44-year-old man from Cowes, Isle of Wight, a 48-year-old man from Sandown, Isle of Wight, a 37-year-old man from Ryde, Isle of Wight, a 50-year-old man from Newport, Isle of Wight, and a 39-year-old man from Gravesend, Kent.
    "Police remain determined to find and pursue leads in this unsolved missing person case," said senior investigating officer Detective Chief Inspector Dave Powell.

    I'm pleased that finally I feel this is an opportunity to look at the case in the light it should have been looked at - in a more serious manner than Damien had just walked out the door and never come back.
    Valerie Nettles, Damien's mother

    "A dedicated team of officers... has been working on information secured during enquiries over the past year.
    "The Nettles family has displayed tremendous tenacity and courage in campaigning consistently to encourage witnesses and assistance from the community.
    "...Although we have sufficient information to make arrests over an allegation of murder in 1996, detectives will keep an open mind about exactly what happened to Damien because a wide range of information has been received over the past 14 years.
    "The body of Damien Nettles has not been located or identified at this time."
    Damien had been out for the night with friends and is said to have been "in good spirits" when they parted company around 10.30pm.
    CCTV then shows him in Yorkie’s Chip Shop on Cowes High Street around 11.45pm.
    In the footage, he is seen buying chips surrounded by five or six men.
    Damien’s family have campaigned tirelessly to keep his case in the public eye, raising money for a billboard appeal across the island last year.
    They describe the talented guitar player, known to his friends as Damo, as "a funny, happy boy" who was the "life and soul of the party".
    He had a brother and two sisters and would have turned 30 last year.
    Damien’s mother, Valerie, 58, who now lives near Dallas, Texas, said she was "cautiously optimistic" about the arrests, but she was prepared for the development to come to nothing.
    She said she had been angry about the police investigation into her son's disappearance over the years.
    "I'm pleased that finally I feel this is an opportunity to look at the case in the light it should have been looked at - in a more serious manner than Damien had just walked out the door and never come back," she said.
    "...I'm cautiously optimistic but prepared for a big letdown as my hopes have been hurt too many times before."
    Mrs Nettles said the disappearance of her son still "feels like yesterday".
    "It never goes away. Not a single day goes by without something cropping up that reminds me of Damien, like some music I think he would have liked or a family gathering."
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    If they get sent down for murder - it has happened before, even without a body - is he officially missing, or dead, or both?

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    Not sure whether they know he is dead or it's just a suspicion.

    They didn't find a body in the search.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-13401351

    Officers investigating the possible murder of a teenager who went missing on the Isle of Wight 15 years ago have ended marsh land searches for his body.

    Damien Nettles was last seen after a night out in West Cowes on 2 November 1996, when he was aged 16.

    Specialist teams had been using rafts to comb the water and huge reed beds at Dodnor Nature Reserve, near Newport.

    Det Ch Insp Dave Powell said: "We have not found Damien, and, further more, we are confident that he is not there."

    Mr Powell, who is the senior investigating officer, added: "This is exceptionally disappointing to us in many ways, however the search for Damien goes on and, as ever, we urge anyone who has information that they think can help us to make contact."

    A number of items were recovered during the search, which will be examined to establish whether they are relevant to the investigation.

    Five men arrested on Tuesday on suspicion of murder remain on police bail.

    Four were from the island: a 50-year-old from Newport, a 48-year-old from Sandown, a 44-year-old from Cowes and a 37-year-old from Ryde.

    A 39-year-old man from Gravesend, Kent, was also questioned.


    Picture of Damien Nettles in 1996 aged 16 and how he may look today
    During the marsh searches, detectives were said to have been studying aerial photographs of the site taken by the council in 1992 to highlight any subsequent signs of changes or disturbance in the ground.

    Officers were led to the marsh land, near the Newport-Cowes footpath in Newport's Stag Lane area, following new information.

    When Damien went missing he lived with his family in Woodvale Road, Gurnard, but they have since moved to Texas, USA.

    The last confirmed sighting of Damien was on CCTV at Yorkie's fish and chip shop in Cowes High Street.
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    In 2011 Damien's mum said she was cautiously optimistic because she'd been let down before. Currently the police are not intending to make further arrests, nor do they appear to be investigating tips the family is receiving from people still on the Isle of Wight (Damien's parents have since moved to Texas).

    It's beyond belief that with so many people talking on a place as tiny as the Isle of Wight this wasn't resolved a decade ago.



    This explains the night he went missing & some of the reasons it wasn't investigated at the time -

    http://m.guardian.co.uk/uk/2000/aug/...gh/theobserver

    An Isle of Wight Radio broadcast for the 16th anniversary of his disappearance discussing the announcement on 4th Oct 2012 of a reward for information, the release of those arrested in 2011 & a request for locals not to speculate about the identity of past or present suspects so as not to hamper investigations -

    http://m.iwradio.co.uk/2012-11-01-po...damien-nettles

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    After just 6 months police have withdrawn the reward despite protests from Damien's friends & family who say they continue to receive new information. Damien's mother says the new tips have been handed over to police but they consistently fail to act on the information or provide any feedback after receiving the information - a complaint she has justifiably made since the first report she made of her son's disappearance all those years ago & one heard again & again in missing persons cases the world over.

    http://onthewight.com/2013/04/06/dam...-20000-reward/

    His families blog with details of the latest tips they've received

    http://whathapenedtodamiennettles.blogspot.com.au/

    A video message to those who know,from his mum with a song for Damien by a schoolmate (msg is in writing interspersed with family photos, home movies & the last existing images of Damien on CCTV, in a chip shop surrounded by a group of men)

    ETA have to add the vid link in a few hours, gotta race up to school for a bit. Will fix it up asap

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