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Post  milly on Mon Oct 24, 2011 11:45 am




Clothing:

T-shirt
Steve was wearing a faded pink / salmon t-shirt with the wording CROSSHATCH written across the chest. The T-shirt has white trimmings on the arms and on the round neck collar and a dragon motif on the front.

Trousers:
Black combat trousers

Shoes:
White Adidas 'Stan Smith'.

If you have information about Steven Cook, please call the police hotline - 01244 613511

Inside Out investigates the mysterious and harrowing story of the Cheshire student who went missing in Crete.

Norman and Pat Cook are keeping everything in place for when their son Steven comes home to Sandbach.

He's been missing since the end of August 2005 when he went on holiday to Crete with his friends.


Steven is the Cook's youngest son - the baby of the family and a student at Liverpool University.

"He's a very sensible, home-loving kind of guy, he's very much into things around the home. He's fanatical about Liverpool FC," say his family.

"He's the sort of guy you're proud to have as a son - he does normal things for a single lad. At Liverpool Uni he has a circle of friends there and he has a circle of friends back home for weekends and vacations."

Day by day

For Steven's family it's been a traumatic time:

"It's a living nightmare. If you were to imagine the worst scenario for your children to get into it would be what's happened to Steven and our family."

The family say that they they get through every day by supporting each other.

"If Pat goes up to town, I go with her," says Norman.

"If I go out, she comes with me. I wouldn't go off and leave her on her own - I'd hate Pat to be here on her own if that phone call came through and it was bad news I wouldn't want that so that's how we do it."

The Cook's are a very close family and Christmas 2005 was particularly hard:

"We just went through the motions really - it's hard to cope we've got through it your emotions normally are raw and difficult to control, and at Christmas they come to the surface. It just takes a little thing to trigger it off and you're out of control."

Mysterious disappearance

Stephen was last seen with 11 of his mates in the resort of Malia in Crete.


The group of friends had been looking forward to relaxing after a long year at University but Steven had barely unpacked his suitcase when disaster struck on their first night away.




"That night we were on a bar crawl, and as the night wore on me and Steve decided to go back to the hotel.

"And on the way we stopped off at a bar and it was in this bar that I lost him - and that was the last I ever saw of him," says Andy Jackson, one of Steve's close friends.
As soon Steve's mates realised that he wasn't there, they went to the medical centres, hospitals and the police every day.

They gave out fliers and even went up into the hills asking whether anybody had seen Steven.

As soon as the alarm was raised, the Cooks filed a missing person report and made arrangements for his two elder brothers to fly to Crete to help his friends in the search.

But despite TV appeals on the Greek equivalent of Crimewatch, they were no nearer to finding Steven:


"The lowest point was at the airport everyone was expecting to be going home together - it was hard leaving his brothers and the flight home was horrible just the empty seat where Steve should have been and it was hard to deal with." Friend Daniel Stitt.

Tip off

In November 2005, Norman and Pat flew to Crete with their nephew to make their own search of the island.

They'd had a tip off from a psychic saying Steve was alive and near a disused mine, so they scoured the inland areas.



Tip offs proved fruitless and Steven is still missing
"I came down the mountain and I was shouting Steven, Steven, Steven but there was nothing and it was at that point when we got back to the car that we decided we couldn't go through that again", says his family.

While the search for Steven is being headed by Greek Police, detectives in Cheshire were making their own enquiries


They needed to be sure that there was nothing in his background which would make him either want to disappear or make him take his own life:


"We're happy to report that despite some intrusive investigations, we've found no reason why Steve would want to go missing, we've found nothing that would make him want to take his own life, that's the sort of thing we took to the Greek police to try and convince them that this was something that happened in Greece that needs to be properly investigated."
Cheshire Police

Misadventure?

So what could have happened to Steven Cook?

"I believe it's unlikely that Steven is still alive but I cannot rule that out. And while I cannot rule that out, we have to continue to do what we can to try and investigate every scenario," says Police spokesperson, Detective Supt John Armstrong.

"It is likely Steven's been the victim of crime. It is more likely Steve's been the victim of a tragic misadventure which has led to his body not being recovered to date.

"But he could still be alive and we are still working in the local area to try and find Steven."

Steven's parents say that they can't give up hope:

"I still believe he's out there and he's alive. I have days when I'm down," says Steven's mother.

"We don't have good days but we have bad days. There's something tells me he's out there somewhere - it's not just me - all the family, his friends, it doesn't make sense to us it doesn't make sense to the police, it's just one of those things you wished you'd never had to come up against because it's an absolute nightmare.

"Someone somewhere knows something".

Every year around 50 Britons are murdered abroad - the Cook's are praying that Steven won't become another statistic.

Please help - if you have any information about the whereabouts of Steven Cook, please contact the police hotline - 01244 613511 or e-mail operation.inkjet@cheshire.pnn.police.uk


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Re: Steven Cook missing in Greece

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Re: Steven Cook missing in Greece

Post  milly on Mon Oct 24, 2011 11:58 am




I found a forum where they were discussing this case: http://members.explorecrete.com/index.php?showtopic=1789
One post said this:

Scotland Yard received an anonymous email about Steven Cook, who disappeared in Malia on September 1st 2005, on the first night of his holiday.

According to the email Steven Cook was killed by Albanians who harassed him sexually. Attached to the email was a photo of the area where his body was buried.

The email was forwarded to the police station of Hersonissos. They searched the rocky area, which is near Malia, but nothing has been found yet.

The unknown sender of the email declared that he is not interested for the 7,000 Euro fee, which will be given to anyone who will offer information about the mysterious disappearance of Steve Cook, and if he can help again in the future, he is determined to do it.


There is no evidence or news of this so UPDATE: STILL MISSING

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Post  milly on Mon Oct 24, 2011 11:58 am

Steven Cook went missing in Crete 5 years ago. His family are currently over there trying to get fresh leads and reminding people that there is a reward for information.

Please could we ask that you send on the url either of Steven's Greek appeal, to anyone you know in Greece with the request that they send on to all of their friends.

http://www.foreversearching.com/library/Steven_Cook_Greekappeal.pdf

You can also find the appeal in English at this next link, for your own interest, or if you know anyone who happened to be holidaying in Crete in August / September 2005. Tourism is Cretes biggest industry, it is possible that someone anywhere in Europe could have a tiny piece of information that will help Steven's family.

http://www.foreversearching.com/library/Steven_Cook_Englishappeal.pdf

You can also find more about Steven's story at his official website:

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

Thank you for any assistance you can give.

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Post  milly on Sun Oct 30, 2011 12:50 am

Have you seen this man?

Steve Cook disappeared in Crete at around 1am Thursday 1st Sept 2005.
Last seen outside Mike's Bar at the top of Beach St asking for directions to
the hotel Frixos and then turning left towards Sissi, wearing pink t-shirt
with the word 'CROSSHATCH' written on it, black combat trousers and white
Adidas trainers. He is of medium build, 5ft 9" - 5ft 10", with brown spiky hair

If you have any information please call the British Consulate
(0030) 2810 224 012 or MISSING PERSONS 0500 700 700.

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Post  milly on Sun Oct 30, 2011 12:51 am

ABOUT STEVE



Age: 20
Height: 5' 9" - 5' 10"
Eyes: Green / Brown
Build: Medium
Hair: Dark brown. Short at the back and sides and spiked up with wax on top.

Distinguishing features: Steve has a scar at the outer corner of his right eye. He also has a scar between 1/2 - 1" long on the back of his head. Steve also bites his nails.



Clothing:

T-shirt
Steve was wearing a faded pink / salmon t-shirt with the wording CROSSHATCH written across the chest. The T-shirt has white trimmings on the arms and on the round neck collar and a dragon motif on the front.

Trousers:
Black combat trousers

Shoes:
White Adidas 'Stan Smith'.








Personality:

Steve is a nice lad who if involved in a confrontational situation would be apologetic and back down. He has never been known to disappear like this before and always keeps in touch with his family when he is away from home - either through the Internet or by mobile.

He has no girlfriend at this time and no known trouble in his life. He had been making plans with his brother prior to going away to buy tickets for the Liverpool / Chelsea champions league game.

He is an avid Liverpool fan and if he met any other football fans out there would no doubt have mentioned Liverpool FC, the champions league win and his trip to Istanbul.

Steve studies Business and Marketing at Liverpool university where he is due to enter his 3rd and final year.

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