UK UK - Damien Nettles, 16, Isle of Wight England, 2 Nov 1996

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  1. missacorah

    missacorah New Member

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    Damien Nettles went missing November 2nd, 1996 on The Isle of Wight,
    Hampshire, England. He had been out with friends and parted company
    from them at approx 10.30pm. He was seen on Cowes High St by
    various people. He was caught on security camera at Yorkie's Chip
    Shop on Cowes High Street at approx 11:45pm. He was surrounded by
    a group of 5/6 men. Only three of these men have been identified. Two
    were army officers who were in Cowes for training in sailing. The other
    a local drug dealer, who has since passed away, who was not identified
    until after his death. This is odd, as the Isle of Wight is a very small
    place and I am surprised that despite pictures and publicity of this video,
    it took over six years for someone to identify this individual. The first
    two men were identified after a documentary, which aired in January
    1997, 2 months after Damien went missing. They were not local. The
    National Missing Persons Charity was given an anonymous tip that
    these two were from the Army, based in Aldershot. They were
    interrogated and claim they did not know anything, however, both of
    them held conversation with Damien, as seen on the video.


    http://www.damiennettles.com/
     
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  3. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Former Member

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    Missing Teenager Mystery: Five Arrests

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

    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 were 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.

    They have now been released on police bail.

    More: http://news.sky.com/skynews/Home/UK...-Missing-For-15-Years/Article/201105215989776
     
  4. Amber34

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    I can remember Damien going missing and my heart still aches for his family who do not yet have answers.

    Those who were arrested last year have ALL been released without charge.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-19198578

    There is a facebook page for Damien, run by the family, where his mum is a frequent poster, sharing her thoughts and progress. They have not given up hope of finding his body, although they seem to be getting very little support from LE or other bureaucracy.

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/damienrichardnettles/

    The family have been led to believe they might find Damien's body in Parkhurst forest. They have identified a specific area and have requested permission to dig it up to look. They are not asking for money or resources to do this - it will be funded and manned entirely by themselves - but permission to dig has been denied. What's more, they have been threatened with arrest if any attempt is made to search there :banghead:

    There is however something we can do to help. Damien's sister, Sarah, has started a petition to allow them to search and dig this small part of the forest to look for her brother's remains. They want just under 4000 signatures - so far they have only just over 1000.

    If any sleuthers could spare a few minutes to sign this petition, I'm sure the family will be grateful and may just help them reach their goal. Please feel free to share this once you have signed. I reckon with a bit of a push, we could make a big difference.

    http://www.change.org/petitions/help-us-find-damien-nettles
     
  5. webnut

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    I am happy to sign the petition, but shouldnt the experts be digging rather than family? I dont think Ive ever heard of that happening before?
     
  6. Amber34

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    I completely agree with you, not heard of this before either. I guess the LE may consider this to be a wild goose chase - they have come by the information through rumour and a psychic - not exactly evidence the LE are going to give much credit to.

    But, trying to see it from the family's point of view, I can imagine this little bit of information is eating away at them. If that were me I would be wanting to follow absolutely everything up, no matter how remote the possibility. By signing the petition they may be given permission to look. At least it would put their minds at rest.
     
  7. UKgirl

    UKgirl For you little sky.

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    very happy to sign. This family needs some kind of closure.
     
  8. zwiebel

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    Apparently the police lost the vital cctv footage.

    I'd suggest they find it again, sharpish. If they cannot locate their own evidence, what hope is there of them ever locating a missing person?

    This is not a big island. Neither is it easy for a suspect to come and go unnoticed. This case does not sound as though it has been handled well at all, in my opinion.
     
  9. zwiebel

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    I just heard poor Valerie Nettles speaking on the radio. She lives in Texas now. Heartbreaking. She has accepted her son is deceased, but there is no closure;

    "I feel he still needs me."

    And she is right, he does. Because it doesn't look like the people who have the responsibility to bring him home, have done all they can.

    Although the family and supporters have been refused permission to dig, I wonder about a SAR search? Police and forestry authorities could hardly refuse permission to take trained dogs into the woods. And as for possibly destroying evidence - SAR teams are trained not to do that and, well....sounds like someone's already lost the most vital evidence anyway.
     
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    This case is still apparently active, with a new update on the Hampshire police website today:
    http://www.hampshire.police.uk/internet/news-and-appeals/casebook/casebook-damien-nettles

     
  13. dotr

    dotr Well-Known Member

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    Bumping for Damien Nettles and his family, he sounds like a wonderful young man and he must be missed terribly.
    How far do some of the boats in the area venture? Are they owned by local people, or do many foreigners, such as North Americans come through the area?

    http://www.hampshire.police.uk/internet/news-and-appeals/casebook/casebook-damien-nettles

    "But since that night of November 2, 1996, there has been no trace of Damien, whose family then lived in Woodvale Road, Gurnard. They have since moved to Texas in the USA, but continue to actively appeal for information about their son.

    "Damo", as he was known to his friends, had a great sense of humour. He had an unusual mannerism of blowing on his thumb, in the way that tennis players are often seen doing. He was also an accomplished musician, playing guitar and trombone, and was looking forward to a try-out with friends with hopes of being involved in the formation of a small band.

    Damien also enjoyed computer games and sea fishing and occasionally used weights and body building equipment. Damien was developing into a deep thinker and had taken an interest in psychology, often discussing the subject with his older sister.

    At the time he disappeared Damien was a tall, slim lad, about 6ft 3ins, and possibly still growing. He had had a short hair cut, but was known to favour longer hair. He had talked about growing a beard, probably favouring a goatee style. He had a small scar under his chin."
     
  14. dotr

    dotr Well-Known Member

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    Hope this cctv footage is ok to post.

    [video=youtube;UmyQ50WD1FQ]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UmyQ50WD1FQ[/video]
     
  15. Jennibee

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    Which one is Damien in the video?


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  16. dotr

    dotr Well-Known Member

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    Damien is the tall fellow at the counter, who then turns to his left and appears to speak to someone. He is circled in this cctv video and article about him.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-hampshire-19821480
     
  17. Little Jedi

    Little Jedi "I am free of all prejudices. I hate everyone equa

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    :tears: Damiens moms blog

    http://valnettles.blogspot.com/?m=1
     
  18. Little Jedi

    Little Jedi "I am free of all prejudices. I hate everyone equa

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    :thinking: Hmmm ........

    from above link ^^

    What happened to Damien Nettles

    Sarah Nettles ~ Damiens sister

    http://whathapenedtodamiennettles.blogspot.com/2013/02/why-does-it-take-so-long-to-solve.html?m=1
     
  19. dotr

    dotr Well-Known Member

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    Wonder if there have been any other young people who have gone missing from the area?
    After all these years, couldn't someone have a heart and tell Damien's family where he can be located?
    What if he was not murdered at all and was running or hiding from a perceived danger and died accidentally?
    Have the waters in the area been searched?
     
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    Little Jedi "I am free of all prejudices. I hate everyone equa

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  21. dotr

    dotr Well-Known Member

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    Powerful statements!
    If the person/s who are alleged to have murdered D, are otherwise fairly decent people, the memory, guilt and shame must be eating them up alive!
    If they now have children, they will be forever haunted by the fear of something happening to their child, imo.
    If what is suspected is true, then they have already made "a deal with the devil" maybe they can now make a deal, satisfactory for everyone. just let this family aching for their loved one, give him a decent burial.

    Any chance at all, that he has been sold to a pedophile / trafficking ring, or paid off for their silence?

    imo, speculation, ect.
     

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