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Missing Damien's family makes fresh appeal

Tuesday, November 1, 2011 - 8:40

THE family of missing Gurnard teenager, Damien Nettles, has launched a fresh appeal for information about his whereabouts on the 15th anniversary of his disappearance.
Damien, then aged 16, vanished following a night out in Cowes exactly 15 years ago on Wednesday. His family still hopes it can jog people’s memories so they can finally find out what happened to him.
They have paid for a poster to be put up on the turn off to Fairlee Road from the dual carriageway in Newport, in the hope residents can come up with fresh leads.
In May this year, hopes were raised the mystery of Damien’s disappearance was close to being solved when detectives arrested five men on suspicion of murder.
Police launched an inch-by-inch search of marshland off the Cowes to Newport cycle track following the arrests but called off the hunt of the area after an exhaustive search failed to find the teenager.
Among items found at the scene was a firearm but police declined to comment on whether it was thought to be linked to the case or any other.
The five suspects arrested on suspicion of Damien’s murder are a 48 year old from Sandown, a 44 year old from Cowes, a 50 year old from Newport, a 37 year old from Ryde and a 39 year old from Gravesend, Kent.
The five were bailed by police and are due to face further questioning on February 1 next year.
Since Damien’s disappearance, police have obtained 214 witness statements and at least 20 pieces of new information have been given to them since 2008.
The investigation has involved 790 people, including investigators, witnesses and people of interest, and 1,380 documents have been reviewed and processed.
• A Damien Nettles music awareness event will be held at The Princess Royal pub in Newport on Sunday, November 6, from 3pm-7pm. Artists include Gareth Icke, Englane, Jo Walkden and cellist Chris Dare.

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