Sophie was just 12 when her cousin, Damien Nettles, went missing in 1996. This weekend she is planning to walk 32 miles from Chale to Cowes to raise awareness and money for the Missing Persons charity.
Damien Nettles went missing at the age of 16 in mysterious circumstances on 2 November 1996. He has never been found.
The Nettles family have had the continued support of thousands of Islanders in their search for Damien. Campaigns for information leading to his remains take place as each year passes.
Rewards of £20,000 by the Police and £10,000 from a local businessman have sadly led nowhere in providing closure for Damien’s family.
Mother of missing Isle of Wight teenager, Damien Nettles, was recently a guest of honour at a carol service for the charity Missing People. She has also spoken about the campaign for the introduction of a Centre of Excellence in relation to missing people.
Hampshire Constabulary had agreed that confidence in the 20 year investigation into the disappearance of Damien Nettles had been lost and having the IPCC look into it was the way forward. The family heard back from the IPCC today.
Friday, 24th February, 2017 7:14pm
By Sally Perry with 13 readers' comments
It's hard to comprehend the twenty years of pain the family of Damien Nettles have been through. This petition calling on the government to allocate proper funding to search for what the family believe will be Damien's remains needs another 6,000 signatures before 9th February. Can you help?
Valerie Nettles explained this week that she's lodged another complaint against Hampshire Constabulary for their handling of the case of her missing son, Damien Nettles.
Tuesday, 20th December, 2016 12:59pm
By Sally Perry with 7 readers' comments
Ian Brownhill, a International Human Rights lawyer, has joined the team to try and secure funding so Hampshire police can get involved in the dig to search for Damien's remains.
Thursday, 27th October, 2016 12:54pm
By Sally Perry with one comment