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The authorities investigating the skeletal remains found at the bottom of a well in Crete have confirmed that they are the missing British tourist, Steven Cook, who disappeared almost 12 years ago while on holiday.
Steven disappeared on the first night of his holiday on the Greek island of Crete in September 2005 after he left a bar where he was watching his team, Liverpool, win the 2005 Champions League. He wandered out of the bar on his own to call his brother and after the call, was never heard from again.
There were many sightings of a man matching the description of Steven on Crete over the years and his family had posted a reward for any information leading to his discovery.
At the beginning of February 2017, a skeleton, a leather belt and a camera were discovered in the resort town of Malia, Crete near the same location where Steven vanished almost 12 years ago, when a company came to clean a well.
Now as the authorities have concluded that the remains found at the bottom of the well is indeed Steven, his family posted on the “Find Steven Cook” Facebook group, that they are now able to bring their son home to say their final “farewells,” adding:
“Having a loved one go missing is a vacuum full of pain. If they are no longer with us then the idle mind imagines horrors of ‘what ifs’ in order to account for them being alive and not in touch…Knowing that Steve is now coming home is an end to all of that and the fog can lift at last. Our memories of him finally released without being accompanied by the horrific mental images, feelings and type of thoughts that can easily destroy you. In getting Steve home then we have truly found him again, and he will now continue to live through the shared memories of all [who] knew him.”