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Web Information about
Damien
LAST KNOWN
SIGHTING WAS
ON COWES HIGH
STREET around
midnight on
November 2, 1996
as he was caught
on CCTV which
was lost while in
possession of the
Police...
Val Nettles Blogspot
Sarah Nettles Blogspot

  • 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
    spirits.

  • 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
    initially.  

  • We requested the police get the spotter plane up in case
    Damien was laying out there in the rain, injured.  We were
    refused.

  • 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
    public.

  • 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
    pound reward.

  • November 2013 the case review determined the case remain
    open...
It is never too late to report something you heard or saw....help us find Damien? We love our
son and we miss him incredibly...we just want to know what happened to him...CAN YOU HELP?
MISSING 19 YEARS, NOVEMBER 2, 2015
We will continue to look for answers
click here for CHIP SHOP
VIDEO OF
DAMIEN
SURROUNDED BY
MEN
LATER IDENTIFIED AS
ARMY
MEN WHO WERE ON
IW
FOR TRAINING