Police insist missing teen probe still open

MISSING Damien Nettles
MISSING Damien Nettles
A police car parked outside Catherine House in Stanhope Road, Portsmouth, earlier tonight. Picture: Byron Melton

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POLICE insist the case of a teenager who disappeared 17 years ago is not closed.

However Hampshire Constabulary has decided files on missing Damien Nettles from Gurnard on the Isle of Wight will remain with the force’s major investigation team for regular checks.

It follows a review of information gathered by police during enquiries into Damien’s disappearance when he was 16.

The last confirmed sighting on CCTV is of Damien in Yorkie’s fish and chip shop off Cowes High Street at 11.35pm on November 2, 1996. He was identified by relatives on CCTV of Cowes High Street at 12.02am on November 3 1996.

Chief Supt Dave Powell said: ‘Our utmost respect and gratitude goes to the Nettles family and all those members of the public who campaign with tremendous tenacity to bring about a breakthrough in solving Damien’s disappearance.

‘We are disappointed that Damien has not been found yet. However, our files will remain open to receive any new facts that members of the public may have about what happened to the teenager in November 1996. The key point to repeat and remember is the reporting of any new facts.’