Damien Nettles's mother Valerie (left) and his sister Sarah Nettles. Picture by Laura Holme.
THE anonymous businessman who offered a £10,000 reward for information about the whereabouts of Damien Nettles has extended the deadline.
It was due to expire on Friday, but following the receipt of new information about the possible whereabouts of Damien’s body in response to a Facebook post, it has been extended by seven days.
Information was sent to an appeal e-mail address, which reported a group of people acting suspiciously in a wooded area near Cowes on the night Damien disappeared almost 17 years ago.
It was one of 13 e-mails received since the appeal was launched in July, some of which have named potential suspects.
The businessman, who has shared some information with the police and all of it with Damien's mother Valerie Nettles, stressed people could remain anonymous if they wished.
The information in the emails has not been substantiated and nothing has been passed to police without the agreement of the senders.
He said: "We have a general location that has been identified to us via the email address. The deadline to claim the £10,000 reward has been extended to October 10 because of the new information received."
Damien's family has backed the appeal in the hope the offer of anonymity will encourage people to come forward. It follows an offer of a £20,000 reward from police, which ended in April having failed to provide any significant new leads.
The £10,000 reward will be paid to anyone who sends information leading to the discovery of Damien's body to email@example.com by next Thursday.