On the evening of 2 November 1996, 16 year old Damien Nettles entered a fish and chip shop in Cowes on the Isle of Wight. Having left the chip shop, he has not been seen since. Today is 25 years since he went missing.
Damien’s body has never been found, nor any evidence which would suggest that he left the island and is alive elsewhere. Damien’s disappearance was featured in the BBC documentary series Unsolved, The Boy Who Disappeared . Despite this and other coverage, there has been no inquest, nor any criminal trial relating to Damien’s disappearance.
Damien’s family continue to be assisted pro bono by Ian Brownhill of 39 Essex Chambers and by community interest company Locate International. Valerie Nettles, Damien’s mother has written a book about the case.