We are hopeful that one day we
will get the answers that we are

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
Please help us to find the

To Damien from his
sister Sarah...

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 HELP?
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
contact us
Song for DamienSomeone Knows
by Alex Roberts
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0845-045 4545
Web Information about Damien
around midnight on
November 2, 1996 as he
was caught on CCTV
which was
subsequently lost by
Val Nettles
Sarah Nettles

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 who
suggested Damien had "gone off on a funny five minutes".  

We requested the police get the spotter plane up in case Damien
was injured somewhere and hoping we would come and find him.  
We were refused.

We asked the police to get the sniffer dogs out to look for Damien.  
We were refused.

The reaction of the police to the family was dismissive.  Female
friends and family were called hysterical women by an officer.

The police had Damien's date of birth incorrect .  They told his
parents that he as '19' and old enough to go missing......Damien
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.  

Damien's father, little brother and elderly grandfather searched for
Damien in the dark and the rain.

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".

A report was made a couple of days after Damien went missing by
an individual who claims to  have seen a person' that may have
been  Damien' walking along the road close to home.  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.  Damien was
featured in a documentary, about missing teens,  in early 1997.  As
a result, 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 seen in the video, however,  it  took 14 years
before this was actioned.  Police claim they were all Army men.

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.

In 2010 with 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
November 2013 the case review determined the case remain open...
Digging on the Isle of Wight, October 2014

We are actively looking for Damien on the Isle of Wight.  This activity is based
on information passed to us from a source close to a group of individuals who
have been identified as possibly involved in Damien's disappearance.  Many of
these people are still living on the Isle of Wight while others my be dead.  The
point is - ranks have been broken.  People are scared and you have to wonder
why.  Who is still a threat?

The source of the information continues to reside in Cowes, IW.   We have
been given a detailed account of people involved, names and the circumstances
surrounding what happened.  We were told where it happened and where
Damien's body was temporarily held before being buried at a location on the
IW. This case finally became a murder investigation in 2010.   
The police made
arrests based on some of this information and carried out a major search of an
area in Newport, Isle of Wight in 2010-2011.  

The source, a police informant,  insisted they searched the wrong area.  
Police disagreed and refused to search another area that was identified
by this source.

When someone comes forward with this kind of detailed information and does
not waiver in their story and when that person is plainly afraid and looking over
their shoulder, you have to listen.  

The police have discounted this information because they don't like or trust the
source.  That is not good enough for our family.  We need to know that every
avenue has been explored to the fullest extent.  Manpower and funding is the
other reason they failed to act on this information.  

Sometimes, criminals and their associates know best!  

We are going to pursue every avenue and we are not giving up or giving in.