Fans of Serial and Making A Murderer were no doubt hooked on BBC Three’s eight-part series Unsolved: The Boy Who Disappeared.

It told the story of the 1996 disappearance of Damien Nettles, and has sparked a new petition urging the Government to provide funding for Hampshire Police to help find his remains.

On November 2 1996, 16-year-old Damien disappeared from the Isle of Wight. The investigation is still ongoing and what happened remains a mystery. Although five men were arrested in 2011, no charges were brought.

Damien Nettles
Damien Nettles (BBC)

Damien was last seen in a fish and chip shop in Cowes, however further footage from the night was lost by Hampshire Police. Witnesses claim he was intoxicated and tried to buy drugs, and different theories and rumours have swirled around the case ever since.

The BBC Three series, released in late July, follows journalists Alys Harte and Bronagh Munro as they investigate the mysterious disappearance. The series was made up of eight short episodes, but provided plenty of extra information for viewers to look at and involve themselves in the case.

Alys Harte and Bronagh Munro (BBC/Adam Patterson)

The petition hopes to give Hampshire Police funding so they can finally find Damien’s remains. It says: “His family are desperate for justice and closure to move on.”

At 10,000 signatures the Government will respond to the petition, and at 100,000 signatures the petition will be considered for debate in Parliament. You can see it here.