Image of missing Steven Cook released in plea to holidaymakers for help
This image shows how a Liverpool student who vanished on holiday might look today, nearly ten years after he went missing.
Steven Cook disappeared while holidaying with school friends in the Greek resort of Malia, Crete.
His relatives believe the Liverpool University student is still alive and over the years have followed up several sightings of Steven, originally from Sandbach in Cheshire.
As the ten year anniversary approaches, Cheshire Police officers are appealing to holidaymakers for help and have issued an updated image of how Steven might look now at the age of 30.
Steven – who was 20 at the time of his disappearance – went missing on September 1, 2005.
He was last seen outside a pub in the resort asking for directions to his hotel and was returning to his hotel – the Hotel Frixos – when he went missing.
DI Gary McIntyre, from the force’s Major Investigation Team, said: “Someone out there must have some information about Steven in relation to his disappearance, his whereabouts or his movements since 2005 – and we are urging them to come forward and speak to us.
“At a time of year when many Brits are heading abroad we are asking holidaymakers to keep their eyes peeled and to let us know of any potential sightings of Steven – or any information, which could assist in the search for him.”
A file on Steven’s disappearance is maintained by the force and will not be closed until information is received which confirms what has happened to him.
Earlier this year DI McIntyre took over the case file after the original lead investigation officer retired. He was involved in the initial investigations into Steven’s disappearance and travelled to Crete at the time to help progress them.
He added: “I remember this case well – and am in the process of going back through the case files to review them. I am maintaining regular contact with the Cook family and support them in their quest to find their son.
“This has been a long and difficult period for all the family and I hope that a fresh appeal will help to generate some new information.
“We are in contact with the Foreign & Commonwealth Office to promote effective liaison between the Greek and British authorities and we continually appeal to anyone who may have any information relevant to Steven’s disappearance or who could in any way assist the Greek Police to ascertain what happened to Steven to contact Cheshire Police on 101.”
Family say they will never give up their battle to find him
Steven Cook’s family, including his parents Norman and Pat, has made multiple visits to the Greek island to search for him.
They have set up a Facebook page, titled Find Steven Cook, where people can get in touch with possible sightings of him.
In a statement, the Cook family said: “We never expected that our much loved son, brother and uncle would go on his first holiday without family and not come back.
“During the past 10 years our love for him and hope that one day he will be back home with us has never diminished. Since then every day has been a battle to find him – a battle that we will never give up.
“Steven has new nieces, nephews and family that are yet to meet him but have heard all about what a brilliant, fun and loving person he is. We hope and pray that people going to any of the Greek islands keep an eye out for him, or share any information that they may find. Even if it’s just checking your holiday photos, he may be in them.
“We have had lots of potential sightings over the years but never any concrete evidence. Please help us to reunite our family so that we can all laugh and smile together again.”
A reward of 7,000 euros is also being offered by Steve’s family for any information that leads to finding him.