|We are hopeful that one day we will get the answers that we are seeking.
Damien's family is appealing to the people of the Isle of Wight to help us!
We are still convinced that the answer lies on the Isle of Wight. We believe that something bad happened to Damien that night.
Did you see Damien on the night of November 2, 1996?
Who was on the High Street in Cowes that night?
Why did the police lose the street CCTV film footage of Damien on the street that night?
Was there something/someone to hide?
Who is still out there that is a threat to local people?
Were you young and afraid to say anything?
Do you now have children of your own?
Do the right thing...give your children something to be proud of...tell what you know and stop this now. Just say it and get it off your conscience and out of your
head...Can you put yourself in our place? How would you feel if it were your child?
Call the Police 0845 045 4545 or IW Police 101 o Missing People 116000 or email us firstname.lastname@example.org. Please help us to find the answers.
|WHAT WE DO KNOW:
This video below is the last (surviving) video of our son.
After he left this chip shop, he was picked up on the street CCTV camera (which the police lost).
He walked to the bus stop and then walked back along the High Street He he was last seen at 12:02 a.m on November 3 - then nothing further.
14 years later, the police say they have now identified all of these men who were army and not suspects according to the police.
|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
|Damien enters the chip
shop at the 34:37 on
the clock, which was
not set correctly as the
hour was actually
11:37pm. Damien is in
the center, most of the
time, and turns his
back to the camera
while digging in his
pockets for change
|Song for DamienSomeone Knows
by Alex Roberts
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
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 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...
|November 15, 2013 - police reviewed the case which will remain open. All new credible information will be assessed. Damien's
supporters on the Isle of Wight will take action in area's where the police have refused to venture.