DNA results confirmed remains discovered in 2017 belonged to Steven.
Steven Cook from Sandbach, Cheshire, was just 20 years old when he vanished without a trace on the Greek island of Crete in 2005, sparking an international missing persons appeal for information.
The avid Liverpool supporter disappeared on his first night in Malia, Crete, where he was holidaying with school friends.
He was last seen in a bar asking for directions back to the hotel where he was staying, but then seen walking off in the wrong direction.
Steven’s parents, Norman and Pat set up the Facebook page ‘Find Steven Cook’ and offered a 7,000-euro reward for information on the whereabouts of their son.
In February 2017, skeletal remains were discovered down a well, not far from where Steven was last seen.
In a post on the ‘Find Steven Cook’ Facebook page in February 2017, Stevens brother, Chris Cook said: “We have had similar situations regarding remains being discovered over the years, (including a skeleton washed up on the beach near Malia a week or so ago) so, we just have to sit tight and let the professionals do their bit.”
Although the Cook family’s hopes had been dashed several times before in the search for Steven, DNA results confirmed the remains discovered down the well were a match.
In a follow up post, Chris Cook added: “Today we have learned that after over 11 years our much loved and missed son, brother, uncle, nephew, and friend will be finally coming home to be with us once again.
“Whilst we always carried hope in our hearts that Steve would come back much sooner and once again be able to share in our lives the laughter, love and happiness that he brought in the 20 years he shone amongst us, sadly we will be bringing him home to say our farewells.”
Steven’s body was returned home, and his funeral took place in June 2017.
A four-day inquest into Stevens death will begin at Crewe Municipal Building, in Earl Street, today (April 9)