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Drella
09-08-2005, 02:10 PM
Not sure if I'm posting this in the right place, and not sure if it's very relevant me posting an European case! But I'm sure it'll be moved to the right forum if I put it in the wrong one.

I just want to bring to the attention of everyone I can this case. As you never know, people from over your part of the world could have been on holiday over here in Europe reacently!

Steve Cook is someone I know from here in the UK. On August 31st he went on vacation to Crete in the Greek Isles with his friends. He's not been seen since that night.

Here are some reports:

Family's desperate search for man missing on Crete
IT WAS supposed to be an enjoyable few days lapping up the sun and hitting the bars in Crete for a group of old schoolfriends.

Instead it has turned into an agony of waiting for one family as they wait for news of their youngest son and brother, who has been missing for a week.

Steve Cook, 20, joined his former school buddies for a week in the sunshine resort of Malia on the Greek island before returning to Liverpool University to start the final year of his business and marketing degree.

The last time he was seen was in a bar last Wednesday evening, asking for directions to his hotel, and then walking off in the wrong direction.

While his frantic parents wait for news, Steve's two older brothers, Chris, 30, and Tony, 28, have flown out to the resort to help with the search.

Speaking yesterday, Chris said: "It's tough, we're running out of ideas and avenues.

"His friends are flying home tonight, which is the flight Steve should have been on.

"I will be staying out as long as I need to. I can't go home without taking Steve back to his mum and dad.

"It's a very upsetting time for us all, but it's a lot tougher for our parents waiting for news."


Steve disappeared without trace less than 24 hours after he arrived in Malia with a group of around 10 friends.

The keen Liverpool FC fan had gone out for the evening, but his friends lost sight of him on their way back to their hotel.


They tried to report him missing the next day but local police made them wait until 24 hours after he was last seen before they would begin the hunt.

Since his disappearance, his friends have kept a vigil at his room in the hope he will return. He did not have money, passport, mobile phone or a change of clothes.


More than 100 posters have now been put up but, despite some possible leads, 5ft 9in Steve has still not been seen or heard from. Officials at the British consulate on the island are helping the family speak to police and the local hospitals.


Appeals for information have also gone out on the fans' website,, ynwa, and Malia's official site.


The last time his parents heard from Steve was when they received a text from him when his flight landed at Crete in the early hours of last Wednesday.

Chris said: "It is totally out of character for Steve to do anything like this.

"It's an utter mystery. "A lot of people in the resort are helping out, and there is going to be a major search of the area. While we concentrate on putting up posters in and around the resort, the police have widened the search to outlying areas.


"We're trying to be strong, but every day is just another 24 hours when we can't eat or sleep.

"The police say there is never any trouble here but we've heard about Albanian gangs on the main streets preying on stragglers."


While Steve's brothers continue the search in Crete, his parents Norman, 62, and Patricia, 61, anxiously wait for news back home in Sandbach, Cheshire.

Mr Cook snr said last night: "What we're going through is indescribable. It's an awful situation for the family to be in.


"Since we heard that he was missing, we have hardly ate or slept. It's the not knowing that gets to you."


HOPES were fading today for missing Liverpool student Steve Cook after his family suffered two new setbacks.


The 20-year-old failed to catch his scheduled flight home from Crete this morning, to the despair of his two brothers who had waited anxiously at the island's airport.


Yesterday police found an unidentified man in a hospital on the island, but when the brothers arrived they discovered it was an Irishman injured in a motorcycle accident. As the ECHO revealed yesterday, the student vanished hours after arriving in Crete with friends on holiday.


Today holiday reps and police were searching refuse tips close to where Steve disappeared as fears grow the student could have been killed and his body dumped.


Steve's father Norman Cook, from Sandbach, Cheshire, admitted: "We are going from leads which lift our hopes and expectations to being back down in the depths of despair.

"Days are merging into one another. It feels like our lives are on hold. We can't eat or sleep.

"But we have to look forward. We have to keep pushing the authorities to try to find Steve.

"He could still be in a hospital on the island."


The Liverpool university student was about to begin the third and final year of his degree but disappeared last Wednesday after a night out in Malia with friends.


His clothes, money, passport and plane tickets remained untouched in his hotel room.


His older brothers Chris and Tony are in Crete to help with the search and have met officials from the British Consulate.

Chris said: "It may be that we just have to wait for him to turn up, but we can't give up."


* Anyone with information should call Cheshire police via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or access the forum at www.malia.co.uk/ (http://www.malia.co.uk/)


Setbacks in search for lost student Sep 8 2005


THE family of a Liverpool student who has vanished in Crete have suffered two new setbacks.


Steve Cook failed to catch his scheduled flight home from Crete yesterday, to the despair of his two brothers who had waited anxiously at the island's airport.


They suffered further anguish after police found an unidentified man in a hospital on the island but, when the brothers arrived, they discovered it was an Irishman injured in a motorcycle accident.

Mr Cook, 20, disappeared hours after arriving on the island with friends on holiday.


Yesterday, holiday reps and police searched refuse tips close to where he was last seen as fears grew he could have been killed and his body dumped.

His father, Norman Cook, from Sandbach, Cheshire, admitted: "We are going from leads which lift our hopes and expectations to being back in the depths of despair.


"Days are merging into one another. It feels like our lives are on hold. We can't eat or sleep. We're completely shattered."

The Liverpool university student was about to begin the final year of his degree but disappeared last Wednesday after a night out in Malia.

His clothes, money, passport and plane tickets remained untouched in his hotel room.


Reports from: http://icliverpool.icnetwork.co.uk/


Here is a website set up for Steve:

http://www.findstevencook.co.uk/

redeskimo
09-12-2005, 02:20 AM
any updates on Steven

Kat
05-01-2010, 09:49 PM
Coverage for Steven (2009)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=07yQ3Vrz858

Drella
06-08-2013, 04:49 PM
Steven's family are still very active in searching for him.

Here is the website, which has a lot of info:
http://www.findstevencook.co.uk/

And a busy and informative facebook page too:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/findstevencook/

If any of you great sleuthers on here can take a look, it'd be really appreciated!

YidArmyRach
06-14-2013, 05:05 PM
I went on holiday to Malia with a female friend back in August 1993. I remember then that the holiday reps warned us about walking back to the hotels, and to be very wary of men offering lifts. They basically told us to stay in groups, get a taxi etc and absolutely not to walk back to the hotel.

Those warnings were aimed at us being 22 year old females, but if they were that worried about potential sex attacks or worse, I imagine a young man on his own would be risk of other crimes. It didn't exactly sell the island well to us, and at the time we thought there must be a lot of trouble for them to issue such warnings.

hayaletcatcher
04-10-2014, 08:12 AM
Family's hunt for son Steven Cook lost in Crete goes on

Read more: http://www.stokesentinel.co.uk/Family-s-hunt-son-lost-Crete-goes/story-20394952-detail/story.html#ixzz2yU7d6Z19