Damien Nettles: No Suspects Out On Bail
7 June 2012, 16:29
A man arrested on suspicion of being involved in the possible murder of missing teenager Damien Nettles on the Isle of Wight has been released from bail with no further action.
A 38-year-old man from Ryde, Isle of Wight answered a re-scheduled police bail appointment yesterday (Sunday 10th June), and was questioned further by detectives from the Hampshire Major Investigation Team (HMIT).
There was insufficient evidence to charge him with a criminal offence.
No other suspects remain on police bail for Damien's disappearance or possible murder at this time. Damien's body has not been located.
A total of eight people have been arrested and questioned on suspicion of being involved in the possible murder of Damien Nettles.
Senior investigating officer Superintendent Dave Powell said: "Our work to find out exactly what happened to Damien Nettles will be continuing.
"Although we have not charged anyone with a criminal offence, it has been exceptionally important to investigate information passed to us by the local community, which led to these arrests.
"Murder cannot be ruled out at this time because such a wide range of information has been received about Damien's disappearance since 1996.
"I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Nettles family for their understanding and support throughout this investigation. Detectives have updated the family this week on the latest decisions in this case.
"Hampshire Constabulary also appreciates the considerable co-operation and assistance of partner agencies, charities, businesses, the media and the public in maintaining awareness and encouraging new tangible leads."
Hampshire Constabulary actions in this case so far include:
* Police have received at least 33 pieces of information since the 14th anniversary of DamienNettlesâ€™ disappearance on November 2, 2010.
* 1,025 people have been involved in the investigation (either as investigators, witnesses, or people of interest) since Damien Nettles disappeared on November 2, 1996.
* 332 witness statements have been taken to date since November 2, 1996.
* 2,121 documents have been reviewed and processed.
More information can be viewed on Hampshire Constabulary's website under the 'Casebook' section, which highlights ongoing investigations: http://www.hampshire.police.uk/Internet/news/casebook/index.htm
Anyone with information about the Damien Nettles case can contact Hampshire Constabulary by phoning 101 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Mini-Com users can call 01962 875000. The charity Missing People (formerly the National Missing Persons Helpline) can be contacted in confidence on Freefone 0500 700 700. Information can be given anonymously by phoning the independent Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.