The remains of South Cheshire man Steven Cook have been discovered on the Greek island of Crete, police have revealed
Steven, from Sandbach, went missing in Malia while on the first day of his holiday in 2005.
He was 20-years-old at the time of his disappearance, and his family has campaigned ever since to try and find him.
Greek authorities discovered human remains in a well last week.
Now after tests have been completed, Cheshire Constabulary has confirmed the remains are those of Steven.
A Cheshire Police spokesman said: “Tests have been carried out and we have now received confirmation from the Greek authorities that the remains belong to Steven Cook, who went missing on 1st September 2005 during a holiday on the island.”
Steven’s family have already been informed and are being support by Cheshire officers.
The family set up a find Steven website to help find him, offering 7,000 Euros for any information that may lead to Steven being found.
“Our priority is to ensure that Steven is flown home to the UK as soon as possible,” added the spokesman.
“Over the years Cheshire Constabulary has remained committed to finding him.
“We always said that the file of would not be closed until information is received which confirms what has happened to him.”