Statement regarding discovery of human remains in Crete Date published: 17th February 2017 2.08pm

Detective Inspector Gary McIntyre said: “Cheshire Constabulary is aware of the discovery of what appear to be human remains in Malia, Crete. Officers are in liaison with the Greek authorities and are awaiting further information over the coming days.

“Steven Cook’s family is aware of the discovery and we will be keeping them fully updated on any developments. They have been provided with support since Steven first went missing and this will continue at what is understandably an emotional time for them.

“At this early stage, the remains have been removed and will be examined in Greece to determine whether they belong to a female or a male.

"It is important to remember that this discovery is being managed by the Greek authorities, who have primacy for this, and they will continue to liaise with our Senior Investigating Officer in Steven’s case.

“We will continue to liaise with both the Greek authorities and Steven’s family moving forward.”