Police search for the remains of Damien Nettles in Newport, Isle of WightThis year marks 17 years since Island teenager Damien Nettles went missing from Cowes. Since then, a number of lines of enquiry have been followed and recently a £20,000 reward for information leading to the discovery of Damien’s body has been issued, but it is due to expire in less than a month.

Following a night out in Cowes on 2nd November 1996 and then aged just 16, Damien went missing, never to be seen again.

Hampshire Constabulary have put up a £20,000 reward for information after a number of unsuccessful searches including the Stag Lane and Gurnard areas (pictured).

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The reward offered will expire on 4th April.

Valerie Nettles, Damien’s mother, has been urging Police to search an area of woodland where she believes her son’s remains lay. Despite great public support, Police cannot act on the information without concrete evidence or suspicion.

Do you know where Damien is? Do you have any information that could help solve this mystery?

Anyone with information can contact Newport CID by phoning 101. Information can be given anonymously by phoning the independent Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.

Photograph: Police divers search marshland off of the Newport-Cowes cycleway on 12th May 2011 following information that Damien may have been buried in the area. The search unfortunately proved to be unsuccessful.

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