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Fresh appeal for missing Damien

how Damien Nettles may look aged 28
Picture of Damien Nettles in 1996 and how he may look today aged 28

Twelve years after the disappearance of a teenager on the Isle of Wight, police have renewed appeals for information.

Damien Nettles, who lived locally, was 16 when he vanished after a night out in West Cowes on 2 November 1996.

Hampshire police believe "members of the community may know something that could take the investigation forward".

As part of the new appeal the charity Missing People has issued a computer generated image of what Damien might look like now, aged 28.

Acting Det Ch Insp Darren O'Callaghan said: "We are using the anniversary to continue to appeal for information, and officers will look at any significant new evidence that results from this publicity.

"I'm asking everyone who was in Cowes on 2 November, 1996, to dig deep into their memories for any small piece of information or detail that may provide a vital clue to Damien's movements on the night he was last seen."

At the time of his disappearance Damien lived with his family in Woodvale Road, Gurnard, but they have since moved to the US.

The last confirmed sighting of the teenager was on CCTV at Yorkie's fish and chip shop in West Cowes High Street at about 2335 GMT the night he disappeared.

Despite numerous appeals over the years the police are no closer to knowing what happened to Damien.

Anyone with any information regarding Damien's whereabouts can call the confidential 24 hour charity Missing People on Freefone 0500 700 700 or email

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