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Nettles, Damien Nov 2, 1996

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October 26th, 2006, 10:43 pm #1

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TEN-YEAR TORTURE OVER MISSING SONBy Suzanne Pert
MIND-boggling, gruesome and like a torture were how Valerie Nettles described the last ten years since her oldest son, Damien, vanished from the streets of Cowes after a night out.
As the days and weeks passed since his disappearance on November 2, 1996, initial optimism that he would soon walk through the door of the family home in Woodvale Road, Gurnard, turned to bafflement and a deep, raw despair.
Although ten years have passed and the pain is no longer so intense, Damien is never far from his mother's thoughts.
She has not had a proper night's sleep since he disappeared and it is in the small hours the most gruesome thoughts invade her mind — images too bleak to share even with her husband, Ed.
Speaking to the County Press from her new home in Flower Mound, Texas, Mrs Nettles said: "It gets a little easier with time because you learn to live with it. But, at the end of the day, where did he go? How can something like that happen and nothing be found?"
Asked if she thought Damien was still alive, there was a long pause before she answered.
"I am probably thinking more 'no' but I cannot say no completely because there is always that tiny glimmer of possibility that something else might have happened.
"What if he got in with the wrong sort of crowd and his mind has gone? Maybe he got amnesia but all those possibilities are more and more remote the longer it goes on."
One of the more widely held theories is he fell into the sea on his way home that night but, asks Mrs Nettles, why has no body been found?
In the past couple of months she has made an official complaint to the Independent Police Complaints Commission, which has been passed to the standards office of Hampshire Constabulary. Mrs Nettles' complaint concerns the initial handling of the case.
"The detectives were looking at us as a family, talking to us all in separate rooms, rather than searching for Damien.
"The police did not do anything until the media got involved, yet the first 24 hours after a disappearance is crucial," said Mrs Nettles, who has also complained police lost CCTV footage showing Damien in Yorkie's chip shop just before he disappeared.
Speaking about next Thursday's anniversary she said: "It is just mind-boggling that ten years have passed. To a lot of people it is old news and why drag it up again, but to us it is just like yesterday.
"It is just a torture we all live with."
It has affected in different ways her other three children and Ed. They all get on with their lives but it is always there.
"Ed has just been made redundant as the marketing manager for a local removal company, which is another glitch we could have done without.
"My son, James, who took it worst but is fine now, was married in September. Even though the wedding day was a celebration, there is always someone who is not there," said Mrs Nettles, 54.
Hampshire detectives are renewing their appeal for information.
Det Supt Dave Williams, who is in charge of Operation Ridgewood, said the case was undergoing an internal review to ensure that all possible lines of inquiry had been identified and pursued.
"This remains a missing person investigation, rather than a homicide inquiry," he said.
He said extensive police searches of the waterfront and foreshore in Cowes were carried out, all of Damien's close friends and associates had been interviewed and re-interviewed.
Extensive enquiries had also been made with a number of agencies and several British embassies abroad.
Although there had been responses to appeals on television and in newspapers, none had proved positive.
"We would encourage anyone, particularly those on the Island to come forward with any information they may have in respect of Damien's disappearance, no matter how insignificant it may seem," said Det Supt Williams.

Full report and timeline in the Friday, October 27, County Press.

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November 30th, 2006, 3:23 am #2

Damien Nettles
Age at disappearance: 16

Damien disappeared after a night out with friends on the Isle of Wight. He is 6ft 3ins tall, slim, with brown hair and an olive complexion.

Damien went missing after a night out with friends on the Isle of Wight when he was just 16. Damien, who was living with his family in Gurnard, went missing at around midnight on the 2 November 1996. He was last seen walking along the High Street in West Cowes and there is security camera footage of him in a fish and chip shop there.

He comes from a close family who miss him terribly. Sadly his family have had to move to USA for work since he disappeared but they are still hoping to hear news of Damien. His grandparents still live on the Isle of Wight. Damien was 21 last June 2001.

Damien is 6'3" tall of slim build. He has a brown hair, brown eyes and an fair complexion.
If you have seen any of these missing people, please call 0500 700 700 or email us
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November 30th, 2006, 3:24 am #3

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Web Information about Damien


Damien Nettles went missing November 2nd, 1996 on The Isle of Wight,
Hampshire, England. He had been out with friends and parted company
from them at approx 10.30pm. He was seen on Cowes High St by
various people. He was caught on security camera at Yorkie's Chip
Shop on Cowes High Street at approx 11:45pm. He was surrounded by
a group of 5/6 men. Only three of these men have been identified. Two
were army officers who were in Cowes for training in sailing. The other
a local drug dealer, who has since passed away, who was not identified
until after his death. This is odd, as the Isle of Wight is a very small
place and I am surprised that despite pictures and publicity of this video,
it took over six years for someone to identify this individual. The first
two men were identified after a documentary, which aired in January
1997, 2 months after Damien went missing. They were not local. The
National Missing Persons Charity was given an anonymous tip that
these two were from the Army, based in Aldershot. They were
interrogated and claim they did not know anything, however, both of
them held conversation with Damien, as seen on the video. Anyone with
any information related to Damien's disappearance, please contact us
mailto:edward_nettles@yahoo.com
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November 30th, 2006, 3:24 am #4

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Sunday 24 September 2006 05:03 AM DAMIEN NETTLES
Thursday 12 August 2004
Family of missing Islander Damien Nettles continue search for information in Cowes.

Damien's cousin, Sophie Greenhalgh, is on the Island for Cowes Week, where she's distributing posters and t-shirts in a bid to raise awareness that Damien has still not yet been found. Damien was just sixteen when he went missing in 1996, after a night out with friends in Cowes. Despite media campaigns and the launch this year of a new website, his family - who now live in America - are no closer to finding out his whereabouts.
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Sunday 24 September 2006 05:05 AM DAMIEN NETTLES' MOTHER RETURNS
Wednesday 27 October 2004
Valerie Nettles is to return to the IW to spearhead a new campaign.


Valerie Nettles moved to the United States in 2001, from Cowes where Damien’s image was captured on CCTV for the last time after a night out in November 1996. Eight years on, Mrs Nettles will return to put up posters showing an age-enhanced image of what Damien might look like at 24 years old. Her visit is part of a campaign organised by the Missing Persons Helpline charity, to try to gain more information about what might have happened to Damien.
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December 1st, 2006, 1:38 am #8

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Vanished without trace: the children we must never be allowed to forget
TANYA THOMPSON
SOCIAL AFFAIRS CORRESPONDENT (tthompson@scotsman.com)
DONNA Davidson stares at the faded, black-and-white photograph of her three-year-old brother, Sandy. For 30 years she has been tormented by the image of the little boy, desperately trying to make sense of the events leading up to his disappearance.

She casts her mind back to the sunny afternoon on 23 April, 1976. Like most children on the Bourtreehill estate in Irvine, Donna and Sandy were keen to play outside. As their grandmother sat indoors, the toddler chased his afghan hound, Kissie, into the street. It was the last time anyone ever saw him.

Ms Davidson was only two years old when she followed her big brother out of the family garden in Ayrshire, but she lives with the guilt of being the last person to see him alive.

"I constantly rack my brains to see if there's something I can remember," says the 32-year-old mother of three, "but my memory turns blank."

When the dog returned alone, their grandmother raised the alarm. Police mounted a massive search, but found nothing.

"We were very close and as a wee child I took it really badly," says Ms Davidson.

"For a long time I believed he was coming back. But you realise you will never see him again."

Determined to help other families, Ms Davidson launched a nationwide campaign this week to track down the thousands of children who disappear in Britain each year.

Posters of missing youngsters will be displayed on 450 vans across the country as part of the initiative. The pictures also feature on the police-run website, MissingKids.co.uk

It is estimated that a child disappears every five minutes in the UK, equating to more than 100,000 a year. Some run away, others are forced out of their homes, while others are victims of abductions.

Although most are found, thousands are never located.

Speed is critical in locating missing children, according to campaign groups, and the rapid distribution of a child's photograph can make the difference between a fast recovery or a prolonged search.

Today, Ms Davidson still believes police reluctance to accept Sandy had been abducted led to delays in finding him.

"Time is of the essence, and you have to get the public involved quickly," she says.

"It's too late for Sandy, but if these posters can trigger the public to act, then it could help save a child's life."

Vicky Hamilton
VICKY Hamilton went missing on 10 February, 1991, during a snowstorm, following a visit to her sister Sharon's home in Livingston, West Lothian. The 15-year-old was last seen waiting for a bus in Bathgate to take her back to the family home near Falkirk.

Despite a massive police investigation and nationwide appeal, her body was never found, and detectives believe she was abducted and murdered.

Eleven days after her disappearance, Vicky's purse was found in St Andrew Square, Edinburgh, which was the main bus terminus.

Last year, her family were given fresh hope after police told them that her recovered purse could be tested for DNA.

Relatives hope forensic analysis could provide clues to who she was with on the day she vanished.

Sandy Davidson
ON 23 April, 1976, three-year-old Sandy Davidson and his sister were being looked after by their grandmother on the newly built Bourtreehill estate in Irvine, Ayrshire.

The toddler ran out into the street after the family's pet dog and was never seen again.

Sandy's sister, Donna, was only two when she followed her big brother out of the family garden. When Sandy's dog returned alone, his grandmother raised the alarm.

The family believe police reluctance to accept the little boy had been abducted hampered the inquiry.

Questioned at length by police and close relatives, Donna Davidson's memories of the day's events are vague, but she believes her brother was abducted.

The case has baffled police for three decades, and his family have no idea whether he is alive or dead.

Andrew MacRae and mum Renee
RENEE MacRae and her son, Andrew, were last seen on the afternoon of 12 November, 1976, driving south out of Inverness.

Later that evening, the car was found burnt out in a lay-by on the A9.

Almost every officer in the Highlands took part in a search which continued off and on for a full year, but the pair have never been found.

Mrs MacRae, 36, said she was going to see her sister, who then lived in Kilmarnock.

However, she had arranged to see her lover, Bill McDowell, Andrew's father, although the rendezvous never took place.

Mr McDowell has always denied any involvement in the disappearance of the pair. Police recently said they believed they were closer to solving the mystery.

Damien Nettles
DAMIEN Nettles vanished at about midnight on a stormy night in November 1996, from Gurnard, in the Cowes area of the Isle of Wight. He was last seen in a chip shop but was identified later, alone, on CCTV in the town.

Despite a major police investigation his whereabouts remain unknown. Aged 16 at the time of his disappearance, he was tall and slim for his age. Damien had a great sense of humour and was an accomplished musician, playing guitar and trombone with hopes of starting a band. Known to his friends as "Damo", he also enjoyed bodybuilding, computer games and fishing. In 1996, he was well over 6ft tall and still growing. He had short hair but favoured a longer style, had a small scar under his chin and may now have a "goatee" beard. Police said he had a good relationship with his family and friends.

Sasha McLeish
SASHA McLeish left her home at 8am on her way to school on 23 June this year. The 15-year-old, from Luton, told her family not to worry if she was late home because she was going to a dance club after school. The alarm was raised when she failed to turn up for class and did not attend the youth club later that day.

Bedfordshire Police said it was possible that the young girl had travelled to Harlesden, in north-west London, where it is thought she had a teenage boyfriend. Detective Constable Zara Carr, who is investigating her disappearance, said she was hoping a member of the public would come forward with information.

"Sasha's family are understandably worried sick, and we would appeal to anyone who has seen or heard from Sasha to get in touch."

Moira Anderson
MOIRA Anderson was last seen boarding the Cliftonhill bus in her home town, Coatbridge, at about 5pm on 23 February, 1957.

What began as a routine journey became one of Scotland's most enduring mysteries.

She had run dozens of errands for her grandmother, and this time it was her uncle Jim who had sent her off to the Co-op to buy a box of Black Magic chocolates for her mother's birthday. Dressed in her trademark pixie hat, long woollen socks and gabardine coat, the 11-year-old made the familiar trip to the shop in nearby Laird Street, just a short distance from her grandmother's home in Muiryhall Street. Clutching a few shillings, she hurried down the road. She was never seen again. Although still described by police as a missing person's inquiry, friends and relatives are certain she was abducted and murdered.

Mohammed Jahid Ul-Haque
FIFTEEN-year-old Mohammed Jahid Ul-Haque went missing from his home in Edinburgh on Sunday, 6 August this year.

Lothian and Borders Police believe the teenager may be sleeping rough on the streets of Essex, and there have been unconfirmed sightings of him in the Saffron Walden area, 50 miles from London.

Mohammed is of Asian appearance, about 5ft 2in in height, medium build with short dark hair.

A police spokesman said: "He is a young lad and we do not know if he has found accommodation. We are worried he may be living rough. We would appeal to anyone who may have seen him to contact police."

Detectives believe he may have tried to find a job in the catering trade.

Kenneth Jones
KENNETH Jones was 17 when he vanished from Glenrothes, Fife, in November 1998. He had been learning to play the cornet, just like his father, and the pair had gone to brass band practice together. Allan Jones's last evening with his son had been perfectly ordinary. But, within hours of returning home, Kenneth sneaked out, taking a sports bag and some clothes. He has not been seen since.

When his father got up for work at 8am the next morning, he thought his son was still in bed. Later, his parents presumed he had gone out with friends.

But when their only child failed to return at teatime, they began to worry, and within 24 hours of his disappearance, police were called in.

They carried out a two-day search of woodland near the family's home, but found no trace of Kenneth.

Derek Burns
DEREK Burns disappeared in March 1989. His mother, Diane, and her husband, also Derek, have not seen their son since he was a long-haired 19-year-old growing up in West Calder, West Lothian.

Three years ago, the teenager's case was featured in a special report on Scotland's missing children, and the National Missing Persons Helpline produced an artist's impression of how Derek may look as an adult. For his mother, the drawing is unnerving. The features are familiar, but the face is not instantly recognisable. It looks like someone she knew a long time ago, and yet the face in the sketch is that of her son, shown as he probably looks today, a man in his early 30s.

Derek's parents hope that a member of the public will recognise their son and come forward with clues to his whereabouts.
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February 29th, 2008, 1:41 am #9

Is Damien alive?
By Peter Law

SEEKING ANSWERS: Damien Nettles, aged 16 (top) and a computer-generated image of how he might look aged 27.
THE family of a teenager who has been missing for more than 11 years are in shock today after astonishing claims that their son could still be alive.

Damien Nettles - who would now 27 - disappeared from Cowes on the Isle of Wight on November 2, 1996, when he was 16.

Now a private investigator has uncovered evidence that a Damien Nettles could have surfaced in Torquay, Devon.

Hampshire detectives are investigating the sensational claims and would not rule out the possibility that Damien may still be alive.

It was also revealed the Major Crime Department was investigating "persons" using the name Damien Nettles in Britain.

Last night, Damien's mother Valerie told the Daily Echo she remained hopeful her son was alive.
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March 12th, 2008, 2:08 am #10

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Families of missing call for help

Luke Durbin was last seen on CCTV after a night with friends
People with missing relatives are planning a march through London to demand more help from the government.
The mothers of two teenagers who vanished without trace are organising the event to highlight the scale of the problem and its effect on families.

The campaigners are calling on the government to provide funding for a group to provide practical and emotional support.

The Missing People charity estimates 210,000 are reported missing each year.

'Lack of support'

During the March for the Missing, the names of the vanished people will be read out, and a single daffodil thrown to the ground to represent them.

A petition will also be handed into Downing Street.

it is an abnormal, hideous situation

Nicki Durbin

The families are urging MPs to back a Missing Person's Bill to support their aims.

The event has been organised by Valerie Nettles, whose son Damien, 16, disappeared from the Isle of Wight in 1996; and Nicki Durbin, whose 19-year-old son Luke vanished from Ipswich in 2006.

The families say while the Missing People charity is "fantastic", it primarily works to find and reunite people. They say there is a need for emotional and practical support for families still searching for lost relatives.

'Limbo'

Luke Durbin was last seen on CCTV in Ipswich town centre after leaving a nightclub.

His mother managed to find some support by contacting other women with missing children.

She said: "I felt like I was not dealing with it normally, it is an abnormal, hideous situation.

"You realise you are living parallel lives. You go to work, stay very focused on your job, that life where you behave normally. Then you have this dark world where you just don't know what you are going to do."

Ms Durbin said families of missing people are left in limbo.

"If Luke had died we would have gone through the process of grieving and mourning. But we are stuck and wouldn't think of doing it while we thought there was hope."


Steven Cook went missing on the first night of a holiday

The group is also calling for practical support for appeal websites, and to make sure families get as much publicity as possible.

The family of Steven Cook, 20, who went missing on the first night of a holiday with friends in Malia, Crete, faced additional practical problems.

They spent thousands of pounds - much of it raised by their local community - flying to Crete to search for their son.

Steven's father, Norman Cook, said: "If it were people in a lesser financial situation, I think they would really struggle."

He added: "There is a real apathy towards the missing by the authorities, who need to give more support."
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