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Damien Nettles' file remains open, say police on eve of 20th anniversary

Tuesday, November 1, 2016 - 16:58

ON THE eve of the 20th anniversary of the disappearance of Isle of Wight teenager Damien Nettles, police have said the file remains open.
Damien disappeared on November 2, 1996,after a night out in Cowes and despite a two decade search for answers led by his mother Valerie, he has never been found.
She has previously criticised police for their handling of the case.Today (Tuesday), as family and friendsprepare to mark the tragic anniversary, police said the file remained open to receive any new information.
Hampshire Constabulary is aware of a petition calling for extra funding towards a police investigation. At this time, no new facts and no new lines of enquiry have been identified; this includes an assessment of information received following a BBC Three documentary published in July this year about the case.
"Any further investigations or searches for human remains would require a substantial investment of police time, expertise and resources.
"Officers would need verifiable information to justify such a search. A key point to repeat and remember is the reporting of any new facts, not fictions fuelled by the repetition of rumour."Regular checks of information reported to police will continue to be made by Hampshire Constabulary's Major Crime team. 
"A detective keeps in contact with the Nettles family about any updates, and opportunities to raise awareness of the case such as public events and anniversaries relatedto Damien," said the spokesman.Anyone with new facts and information can contact Hampshire Constabulary by calling 101 or emailing [email protected]
Mini-com users can phone 18001 101.Information can be given anonymously by phoning the independent Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.

 


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