Workmen clearing the well near where Steven was last seen discovered the human remains along with a disposable camera.
Steven’s mum Pat Cook said… “We have been told that a skeleton has been found – we don’t know what to make of it. It was a shock to receive the call after all this time, it’s upset all the family.
“But it’s not the first time this sort of thing has happened. We are waiting to hear more from the Greek authorities.”
One local said: “The owner of the well brought in a company to clean the well and empty whatever was at the bottom of it.
“They found a complete human skeleton and a small camera.
“The police and coroner were both called to the scene.”
Steven remains one of the very few unsolved missing persons in Crete and it is understood his family have been contacted over the development.
Cheshire Police confirmed it is also aware of the discovery and will continue to liaise with Greek authorities.
Local media reports state the remains will now be tested at Heraklion University Hospital and that early tests show no signs the deceased suffered trauma.
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.”
A huge search of the island was carried out by Greek authorities with the help of Cheshire Police following his disappearance and the case continues to leave police stumped.
here have previously been several sightings of a man of Steven’s description by holidaymakers on Crete and nearby island Rhodes but none have led to a positive identification.
Mother Pat, 73, father Norman, 73, sister Lisa, 44, brothers Chris, 42, and Tony, 40, have continuously campaigned to find out what happened to the holidaymaker and put up a €7,000 reward for information.
They have set up a Facebook page, titled Find Steven Cook, where people can get in touch with information.
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