Human remains found in a well in Crete have been confirmed to be those of a young British holidaymaker who went missing over a decade ago.
The family of Steven Cook, who went missing aged 20, said a “fog can lift at last”.
Mr Cook, from Sandbach, Cheshire, was on his first holiday without his family and went missing in September 2005 after a night out with friends in the resort town of Malia.
His whereabouts remained a mystery until Greek authorities confirmed the remains found in a deep well earlier this month were those of Mr Cook.
Cheshire Police’s Detective Inspector Gary McIntyre said the force’s priority was to ensure his remains are returned to the UK as soon as possible.
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Responding to the discovery on Facebook, the family said they would be bringing Mr Cook home to say their “farewells”.
They said: “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.
“The ‘not knowing’ hurts but not as much as the thoughts that your imagination conjures in the dark hours whilst also having to try and quench the flames of ‘what ifs’, rumours and gossip that becomes accepted as fact.
“Knowing that Steve is now coming home is an end to all of that and the fog can lift at last.”
The family has maintained a campaign to try and find Mr Cook since he…