Musician Alex Roberts was a very close friend through their middle and high school years and on July 2 will release a charity single, “Someone Knows” (A Song for Damien), to aid Missing People (http://www.missingpeople.org.uk/), a national organization in the United Kingdom that offers assistance to people who run away and/or go missing and their families. The single will be available on iTunes and Amazon. Donations can also be made to the charity.
The song takes a look back at Roberts relationship with Nettles and the good times they shared growing up. It’s a bittersweet song that holds out hope for a happy ending.
Roberts recalled starting their first band, Distorted Justice, at 11, with Nettles singing and Roberts playing the guitar “badly.”
On Nov. 2, 1996, Nettles was last seen at a chip shop on Cowes High Street. His friends and family spent weeks searching for him to no avail. Police were notified the day after he went missing but dismissed the family’s concerns, initially classifying him as a runaway.
Nettles disappearance became a possible murder case in 2010, with family raising a reward with donations from the public. Various others have offered rewards since then and the investigation remains open. Nettles has never been found.
Roberts’ song “Someone Knows” will be played on BBC3 TV as part of a series in July and the single will be released next week. More details about Nettles case can be found at http://www.damiennettles.com/.