A MAN arrested on suspicion of murdering missing teenager Damien Nettles has been released from police bail with no further action.
The 38-year-old Ryde man answered a bail appointment today (Sunday), where he was questioned further by detectives from the Hampshire Major Investigation Team.
He was released from bail as there was insufficient evidence to charge him with a criminal offence, police said.
No other suspects remain on bail for Damien's disappearance or possible murder.
Two other suspects, a 45-year-old man and 36-year-old woman, both from Cowes, were released from bail on Thursday with no further action.
A total of eight people have been arrested and questioned on suspicion of being involved in Damien's possible murder.
Senior investigating officer Supt Dave Powell said: "Our work to find out exactly what happened to Damien Nettles will be continuing.
"Although we have not charged anyone with a criminal offence, it has been exceptionally important to investigate information passed to us by the local community, which led to these arrests.
"Murder cannot be ruled out at this time because such a wide range on information has been received about Damien's disappearance since 1996.
"I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Nettles family for their understanding and support throughout this investigation. Detectives have updated the family this week on the latest decisions in this case.
"Hampshire Constabulary also appreciates the considerable co-operation and assistance of partner agencies, charities, businesses, the media and the public in maintaining awareness and encouraging new tangible leads."
More information can be viewed on Hampshire Constabulary's website under the Casebook section, which highlights ongoing investigations, at www.hampshire.police.uk/internet/news/casebook/index.htm
Anyone with information about the Damien Nettles case can contact the police by calling 101 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Mini-com users can call 01962 875000.
The charity Missing People (formerly the National Missing Persons Helpline) can be contacted in confidence on 0500 700 700. Information can also be given anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.