- Damien had been out with friends and parted company from
them at approx 10.30pm. He was seen on Cowes High St by
various people throughout the evening and he was in good
- Damien was caught on security camera at Yorkie's Chip Shop
on Cowes High Street at approx 11:45pm. He was
surrounded by a group of 5/6 men who, after 14 years, have
been identified as army men who were visiting the IW that
weekend. The police do not feel they were involved.
- Damien was seen on the High Street after the chip shop
alone, eating chips.
- Damien was seen at the bus stop and talked to people there.
- Damien was caught on the High Street CCTV and disappears
from sight at 12:02 a.m. on November 3rd.
- Unfortunately, the Police lost this evidence therefore limiting
the potential to see who else was on that video.
- We reported Damien missing in the afternoon of November
3rd after exhausting all possible places he could have gone
but unfortunately we were not taken seriously by police
- We requested the police get the spotter plane up in case
Damien was laying out there in the rain, injured. We were
- We asked the police to get the sniffer dogs out to look for
Damien. It was also refused.
- Damien's mothers friend was told by police that we were a
bunch of hysterical women.
- Unfortunately, the police had Damien's date of birth WRONG
and said at '19' he was old enough to go missing......but he
had just turned 16...
- Damien's family made posters and blanketed the Island.
- Family and friends found out who had seen Damien and
relayed this information to the police. The police seemed to
think Damien had gone off on a "funny five minutes" and so
did not pursue this case immediately.
- Damien's father, little brother and elderly grandfather went out
in the rain, in the dark to try to find some trace of Damien
because police refused.
- Damien's family and friends organized a search party and
scoured the town the following weekend."
- Damien's family asked for Damien's case to be on Crimewatch
- it was refused as it did not fit the criteria of a "crime".
- Someone reported, in the first week after Damien went
missing, having seen a person that could possibly have been
Damien walking along the road. Police told the family the
source was unreliable and it was never followed up on - until
14 months later....
- Damien was seen in a chip shop surrounded by men. It was
after a local documentary which aired in early 1997 that two
men were identified through an anonymous tip (see video
below). They were Army. Damien's family were given a string
of promises over the years that the police were looking to find
the other men, but - it took 14 long years to establish they
were actually with the first two men, identified in 1997 and
were all Army....we cannot understand why this took 14 years.
- Damien was last seen at 12:02 a.m. on the High Street on a
CCTV camera, but never appeared on any of the other CCTV
camera's after 12:02 a.m. on November 3, 1996.
- New eyes on the case and it became a murder enquiry.
- Family started to raise own reward with donations from the
- Police decide to offer a UK 20K reward in October 2013.
- The reward only lasted six months and expired.
- Damien's mother pleaded for the reward to be extended
another year or so to give people time to consider their
actions and options - police refused.
- September 2013 an anonymous businessman offered 10K
- November 2013 the case review determined the case remain