damiennettlesA song written by a childhood friend of Damien Nettles, who disappeared from Cowes nearly 20 years ago aged  just 16, has been released as a single in aid of the charity Missing People. 

“Someone Knows (A Song for Damien)” features on the new 8 part BBC Three series “Unsolved; The Boy Who Disappeared,” which investigates Damien’s disappearance back in November 1996.

Musician Alex Roberts, who went to school with Damien, wrote the song about their relationship and the times they shared growing up, and was interviewed on the BBC Three programme.

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Alex said:

“I’ve written several songs for and about Damien over the years, it is my therapy, but this one nailed it for me. It captures his spirit, our friendship, and the sorrow of that being lost. Damien’s mother Valerie suggested the charity, and with her blessing it is now on general release as a charity single with 100 percent of the proceeds going to Missing People.

“Missing People is a charity which provides vital help to families in similar situations to that of the Nettles family.  Estimates are that a staggering 140,000 people under the age of 18 go missing each year. Buying this single will help to bring some of them home, and further the search for answers about Damien.”

unresolvedbbc3The charity provides its services to missing people and their families for free, for as long as it takes. Campaigns for Damien have included appeals on Iceland supermarket’s milk cartons, Missing People’s Big Tweet for Missing Children and  across digital billboards nationally thanks to Outsmart, the trade body of the outdoor advertising industry.

Clare Cook, Head of Campaigns at the charity Missing People said:

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“We’re very grateful to Alex for supporting the charity and encouraging others to do the same by downloading his song for Damien. We all hope that the new series will finally help to find the answers that the Nettles’ family so desperately need.”

To download “Someone Knows (A Song for Damien)”  visit

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