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Missing teenager case remains open after 17 years

Damien Nettles Credit: ITV Meridian

Police say the case of a missing Isle of Wight teenager remains open on the 17th anniversary of his disappearance. Damien Nettles vanished after a night out with friends in Cowes on 2 November, 1996, when he was 16.

Detectives believe he was murdered, but despite a £10,000 reward from a local businessman no remains have been found. In 2011, detectives arrested eight people on suspicion of murdering Damien. They were questioned over the course of a year and released with no further action.

Chief Superintendent Dave Powell said: 'Our files remain open to receive any new facts that members of the public may have about Damien's disappearance or location.'

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Police to review Nettles case

Damien Nettles Credit: ITV Meridian

Police investigating the disappearance of Damien Nettles on the Isle of Wight say they are beginning a new review of all information available in the case to date.

The decision comes at the end of a six month period in which a £20,000 police reward was offered.

Nettles was last seen in Cowes on November 2, 1996. He was 16 at the time.

Sixteenth anniversary of Damien Nettles' disappearance

Damien Nettles disappeared on 2nd November 1996

Detectives on the Isle of Wight are renewing their appeal for more information about the disappearance of Damien Nettles on the Isle of Wight exactly sixteen years ago today. The 16-year-old from Gurnard was last seen during a night out in Cowes.

A £20,000 reward issued earlier this month is still on offer for information that leads to his location. His mother, Valerie Nettles, who now lives in America has spoken to Meridian Tonight about the heartache she feels because she does not know what happened to her son.

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Damien Nettles - man released with charge

A man arrested on suspicion of being involved in the disappearance and possible murder of teenager Damien Nettles on the Isle of Wight has been been released from bail with no further action to be taken. The 16-year-old went missing in 1996. His body has never been found.

A 38-year-old man from Ryde, Isle of Wight answered a re-scheduled police bail appointment, and was questioned further by detectives from the Hampshire Major Investigation Team. They released him after finding that there was insufficient evidence for a charge.