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Val Nettles
Advocate for Missing People and how my life had changed because of it
Advocate for Missing People and how my life had changed because of it
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Fractured Lives – remembering 20 ½ years on….. I remember a big tall lad bounding out of the door, catching
the door post, poking his head back through the doorway saying “bye mum, see
you later”.  He fell back into the room
briefly and I told him to be bac...

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Ripples in the Pond
When my son went missing our family and friends were all devastated. You can understand the family and close friends grief, as that is the one you usually see.  However the impact on the community at large can be long and lasting too.  The friends, casual o...

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Candle of Hope
Tinsel, bells, glitter, lights, sweet songs of praise, warm  greetings between friends and family reunions,
happy excited wide eyed children, anticipation, expectations, traditions, caring
and sharing .  These words conjure up the Christmas/holiday ‘moments...

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Here is a blog I wrote a few years ago, I updated it, as its now 20 years on. So This Is Christmas  It is our 20 th  Christmas without  Damien .   How has Christmas changed? Totally. I used to be all about Christmas.  Loved it and planned for it. I enjoyed ...

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Little Red Robin who sees all...
The Little Red Robin who sees all.... My day starts at 4:30 a.m,. or earlier.  I go to the gym for 45 mins to an hour.  I call it my office, because while I am on the treadmill or bike I am checking email, talking to people on FB about Damien, the case and ...

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Bottom Feeders
Since Damien was featured on Unsolved on BBC Three, I have been inundated with messages of sympathy, support and snippets of helpful information surrounding the situation. The IW is a beautiful place and filled with warm hearted decent people. The IW is als...

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This blog is post Unsolved: The boy who disappeared.  Parts of the existing blog were written prior to July 2016 and may have comments that seem a little odd considering the publicity that Damien has had after being featured in UNSOLVED on BBC Three..... Pl...

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This blog is post Unsolved: The boy who disappeared.  Parts of the existing blog were written prior to July 2016 and may have comments that seem a little odd considering the publicity that Damien has had after being featured in UNSOLVED on BBC Three..... Pl...

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Damien, you will have been missing 19 years on November 2,
2015.   I don’t feel like it’s been that
long.   I won’t say we are over it, that can’t ever be the
case.   It is easier, or perhaps we have
just got used to this life of ambiguous loss.   We still ...
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