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Teenager disappeared exactly 18 years ago today

It is exactly 18 years since the disappearance of teenager Damien Nettles during a night out on the Isle of Wight. The last confirmed sighting of him on CCTV was at a chip shop in Cowes late on the night of November the 2nd, 1996. Despite searches taking place and rewards being offered no trace of him has ever been found. Richard Jones reports.

Family of missing teenager search for answers

He went missing, without a trace, 18 years ago - but now friends of Damien Nettles have begun digging on the Isle of Wight looking for his remains.

Sixteen year old Damien was last seen on a night out in Cowes. Hampshire Police believe he may have been murdered. But no body has ever been found.

But now a video has been released showing three people digging at an unnamed location. His family say if they find his body - it will help them find out who was responsible. Andrew Pate has more.

Damian Nettles' mother now lives in America. So ITV Meridian's Sangeeta Bhabra spoke to Valerie Nettles via Skype - and asked her why people have been digging on the island.


18 years since Damien Nettles disappeared

Next month marks the eighteenth anniversary of the disappearance of teenager Damien Nettles, who was last seen on a night out in Cowes on the Isle of Wight.

Now people are digging at a site on the island in the hope they may discover what happened to him.

ITV Meridian spoke to Damien's mum Valerie from Texas via Skype.

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.'

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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