17th February 2017
Human remains have been found on the greek resort of Malia close to where a Sandbach man went missing almost 12 years ago.
Steven Cook, who was 20 at the time, disappeared after a night out with friends in 2005.
He was last seen asking for directions to the Hotel Frixos where he was staying but apparently walked off in the wrong direction.
The remains, apparently found in a well, are yet to be identified and work is now being carried out to determine whether they belong to a male or female.
Cheshire Police say they and Steven’s family have been made aware of the discovery and are liaising with authorities in Greece.
Detective Inspector Gary McIntyre said: “Cheshire Constabulary is aware of the discovery of what appear to be human remains in Malia, Crete. Officers are in liaison with the Greek authorities and are awaiting further information over the coming days.
“Steven Cook’s family is aware of the discovery and we will be keeping them fully updated on any developments. They have been provided with support since Steven first went missing and this will continue at what is understandably an emotional time for them.
“At this early stage, the remains have been removed and will be examined in Greece to determine whether they belong to a female or a male.
“It is important to remember that this discovery is being managed by the Greek authorities, who have primacy for this, and they will continue to liaise with our Senior Investigating Officer in Steven’s case.
“We will continue to liaise with both the Greek authorities and Steven’s family moving forward.”
There have previously been reported sightings but none have led to an identification.
Steven’s family have constantly campaigned to find him since his disappearance and even offered a 7,000 euro reward for information.
They’ve also set up a facebook group where people can get in touch, which can be found here.