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Damien Richard Nettles

Missing since November 2nd, 1996 from Gurnard, Isle of Wight, UK

Personal information
Birthdate: 21-jun-1980
Age at disappearance:
brown, short but favoured a longer style.
6'3" / 190 cm Weight: 180 lbs - 82 kg
Extra information:
may now have a "goatee" style beard. He had a small scar under his chin. He was slim and tall for his age with long arms and legs. Fair complexion. His nickname is "Damo".
WAT case #: ukM002
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Circumstances of disappearance

Damien went missing at about midnight on a wet and stormy night from the Cowes area of the Isle of Wight. He was last seen in person in a fish and chip shop but was identified later alone, on CCTV walking along High Street in West Cowes. He has not been seen since. Despite a major police investigation, covering numerous possible outcomes, the whereabouts of Damien remains unknown. Damien has a great sense of humour and is an accomplished musician, playing guitar and trombone with hopes of starting a band. He also enjoys computer games, sea fishing and sometimes uses weights or body building equipment. He had a good relationship with his family and friends. His family has since moved to the US for work, but his grandparents still live in the Isle of Wight.

Skeletal human remains were found in Warsash beach, Southampton on February 15 and February 23, 2003. An examination of the bones suggested the body was that of a young male, and that the bones had been in their skeletal form for less than four years. There is a possibility that these bones belong to Damien or to another missing teenager, Daniel Nolan. DNA samples were extracted from the bones on February 2003.

If you have ANY information on this person's whereabouts, no matter how trivial, please contact:

Isle of Wight Police - DS Pilbeam

01983 528000


National Missing Persons Helpline
0500 700 700

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