Damien Nettles

Damien Nettles at 16 and projected to 27Damien 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.

Family of Damien Nettles lodge complaint over police handling of missing teenager’s case

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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

Mother of missing Isle of Wight teenager calls for ‘Damien’s Law’ to be introduced

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Valerie Nettles says young males continue to go under the radar in missing person cases and calls for a number of changes in the way missing persons cases are handled by police.

Tuesday, 6th December, 2016 8:26am

By Sally Perry

Operation Ridgewood: 20th anniversary of the disappearance of Damien Nettles

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On the 20th anniversary of the disappearance of Damien Nettles, Police say that any new searches would have to be based on verifiable information and not "fictions fuelled by the repetition of rumour".

Wednesday, 2nd November, 2016 2:57pm

By Hampshire Constabulary

Damien Nettles: Boost for campaign to secure funds to help find remains

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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

Damien Nettles: Follow Damien’s last walk on 20th anniversary of his disappearance

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Islanders are invited to follow the route of Damien's last walk before he disappeared on 2nd November 1996. One volunteer taking part, of similar build to Damien and wearing the same clothes, hopes to able to jog people's memory.

Wednesday, 28th September, 2016 7:59am

By Sally Perry

Intelligence in Damien Nettles case has ‘taken on new significance’

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The Nettles family are appealing for anyone with information that tallies with previous intelligence to get in touch with them privately as they say it has taken on a new significance.

Wednesday, 7th September, 2016 5:16pm

By Sally Perry

Damien Nettles case: Petition calls for extra police funds to be allocated

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A petition has been set up calling on the Government to provide extra funds for the Damien Nettles case, as they have for other families of missing children such as the McCanns and Needhams. Particularly important now as his mother says the small budget allocated to the case has been removed.

Wednesday, 10th August, 2016 4:23pm

By Sally Perry with 2 readers' comments

Unsolved: The Boy Who Disappeared: Meet the reporters

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If you have started watching or plan to watch BBCThree's Unsolved: The Boy Who Disappeared, a serialised real life crime investigation into the disappearance of Isle of Wight teenager, Damien Nettles, this interview with the journalists will give you some extra insight.

Monday, 25th July, 2016 6:44pm

By Sally Perry with 2 readers' comments

Damien Nettles: Watch first episode of Unsolved: The Boy Who Disappeared (video)

Almost twenty years and the mystery of the disappearance of Isle of Wight teenager, Damien Nettles, has never been solved. Watch the first episode of BBC Three's eight part investigation to see what the journalists uncover.

Monday, 25th July, 2016 7:46am

By Sally Perry with 5 readers' comments

Damien Nettles investigation: Eight part series being screened next week


An eight-part documentary series investigating the disappearance of missing Isle of Wight teenager Damien Nettles - which has been likened to the NetFlix series Making of a Murderer - will be streamed online from Monday on BBCThree.

Wednesday, 20th July, 2016 4:47pm

By Sally Perry

Missing People charity gets boost from the People’s Postcode Lottery

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Nearly 20 years on, missing teenager Damien Nettles' family thank Postcode Lottery players for supporting charity, Missing People.

Friday, 26th February, 2016 10:41am

By Philippa Crofts

‘Unsolved: The boy who disappeared’: Damien Nettles investigation coming to BBC Three

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Relentless BBC investigative journalists have scrutinised every inch of the Damien Nettles case. OnTheWight has the background.

Tuesday, 16th February, 2016 1:16pm

By Simon Perry with 2 readers' comments