Man released in connection with Damien Nettles case

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A 38-YEAR-OLD man arrested on suspicion of the possible murder of missing teenager Damien Nettles has been released.

The man, from Ryde in the Isle of Wight was released yesterday by Hampshire Constabulary. The force say there was insufficient evidence to charge him with a criminal offence.

Fifteen-year-old Damien, of Woodvale Road, Gurnard, Cowes, Isle of Wight, went missing in November 1996.

He disappeared after a night out with friends. Since then his body has not been found and eight people have been arrested and questioned on suspicion of being involved in his possible murder.

Senior investigating officer Superintendent Dave Powell said the police will continue their investigation.

He said: ‘Although we have not charged anyone with a criminal offence, it has been exceptionally important to investigate information passed to us by the community, which led to these arrests.

‘Murder cannot be ruled out at this time because such a wide range of information has been received about Damien’s disappearance since 1996.’

Now there are no suspects on police bail for Damien’s disappearance or possible murder.

‘I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Nettles family for their understanding and support throughout this investigation,’ added Supt Powell.