MARSHLAND searches for the body of a teenager who vanished 15 years ago have ended.
Damien Nettles was last seen aged 16 after a night out in West Cowes, Isle of Wight, on November 2, 1996.
Officers have been searching the water and reed beds at Dodnor Nature Reserve, near Newport.
As part of the investigation they also released computer-generated images of how he might look today and studied ariel photographs of the site taken by the council in 1992.
Officers said the search was the result of new information.
It is not yet known if items recovered from the scene will yield further clues into the teenager’s disappearance.
Damien was last spotted on CCTV at Yorkie's fish and chip shop in Cowes High Street.
Det Ch Insp Dave Powell said: "We have not found Damien, and, further more, we are confident that he is not there.
"This is exceptionally disappointing to us in many ways, however the search for Damien goes on and, as ever, we urge anyone who has information that they think can help us to make contact."
Five men have been arrested on suspicion of murder and they remain on police bail.
They are a 50-year-old from Newport, a 48-year-old from Sandown, a 44-year-old from Cowes and a 37-year-old from Ryde.
A 39-year-old man from Gravesend, Kent, was also arrested.
Damien lived with his family in Woodvale Road, Gurnard.