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Nothing found in search for Damien Nettles

Wednesday, November 2, 2011 - 18:14

NO EVIDENCE or human remains have been found by police searching an address in Gurnard.
The search at a property in Marsh Road was the latest move in the investigation into missing Isle of Wight teenager Damien Nettles.
The address was sealed off on Tuesday for examination by specialist officers, staff and equipment from Hampshire Constabulary’s major crime department, dog support unit, scientific services department and the Island support unit.
Police carried out a fingertip search of the property, surveyed the ground inside and outside the address, excavated the back garden and deployed victim recovery dogs.
The search at a property took place alongside the questioning of two people on suspicion of conspiracy to commit murder.
They are a 35-year-old woman and a 44-year-old man, both from Cowes.
They were arrested on Tuesday morning, questioned by detectives at Newport Police Station, released from police custody this afternoon (Wednesday) and bailed until November 16, pending further enquiries.
Senior investigating officer, Supt David Powell, said: "We are disappointed that Damien has not been found yet but this search was necessary to allow a thorough assessment of information about the Marsh Road property to be completed. As a result, police are confident Damien’s body is not at the address.
"I’ve phoned Damien’s mother Valerie to speak with her about the outcome of the search and the status of the two suspects arrested. We remain grateful to the Nettles family for continuing their campaign to maintain awareness and encourage new leads.
"We also welcome the ongoing support of the media, charities, professional partner agencies, local businesses and the community.
"Today’s 15th anniversary of Damien’s disappearance is an important date to highlight the rigorous and persistent enquiries that will continue into exactly what happened to the 16 year old in 1996. Police have taken action in response to information received over the past 18 months by making arrests. Seven suspects remain on police bail, and further pieces of detail or evidence from members of the public could still prove to be important in solving this case."

 


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