Many thanks to Valerie Nettles, mother of missing teenager, Damien, for getting in touch with VB to share this news. In her own words. Ed
The Nettles family have taken it upon themselves to try to raise funds for a reward that will lead to the arrest, conviction and recovery of their son, Damien Nettles remains.
We feel that there are answers to be found on the Isle of Wight.
We believe that there are still people with information about what allegedly happened to Damien and who have not come forward.
We hope that by offering a reward, we can encourage those people to agree to give a statement about what they know. Only by their coming forward can we progress this case to a conclusion.
Actively dissuaded by Police
We have wanted to do a reward by conventional methods and in conjunction with police/crimestoppers for years but have, we believe, been actively dissuaded from this by the police for their own purposes.
However, they have said they cannot stop us from doing a reward, so we are taking this opportunity to try.
Thank you to everyone for your continued support/contributions.
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In the eventuality we are unsuccessful getting the required results, we will distribute any funds to UK based charities that deal with the missing issue.
One person still on bail
Four of the five suspects arrested last year on suspicion of murdering missing Isle of Wight teenager Damien Nettles in 1996 were released earlier this month.
A 38-year-old man from Ryde, Isle of Wight was re-bailed until March 7, 2012 pending further enquiries.