Aristocratic family of missing mother with newborn urges her to surrender

A mother’s aristocratic family missing with her newborn baby urged her to surrender.

Constance Marten is believed to have given birth shortly before the car she was traveling in with partner Mark Gordon broke down and caught fire on the M61 motorway at Bolton, Greater ManchesterJanuary 5.

Mr. Gordon is a sex offender who served 20 years in prison in the United States for rape and assault.

The couple walked to the Anchor Lane Bridge where they caught a taxi to Liverpool before taking another to Harwich, Essex.

They were seen around Colchester on Friday January 6 and Saturday January 7, when they took another taxi to East Ham station in Newham, London, and were last seen.

Greater Manchester Police made the initial appeal for help in locating Ms Marten and her baby saying they feared they had not received medical attention.

It is believed that the couple could now be anywhere in the country and the National Crime Agency were brought in with over 200 officers on the case.

Police say Ms Marten comes from a wealthy family and has access to large sums of money that could allow them to live off the grid.

Ms Marten is with her partner Mark Gordon who was convicted of a sexual assault in Florida (Picture: GMP/PA Wire)

According to The Sunday Timeshis grandmother was a playmate of Princess Margaret, while his father, Napier Marten, was a page to Queen Elizabeth.

The newspaper reported that the family put the Dorset estate on the market in 2010 for £100million, before it was sold to an American buyer.

On Thursday, Mr Marten, 63, issued an appeal via The Independent for his daughter to surrender.

“Dearest Constance, even though we remain apart at this time, I stand ready, as I always have and as the family has always done, to do whatever it takes to get you back to us safely. “, did he declare.

“I implore you to find a way to turn yourself and your little one over to the police as soon as possible, so that you and he can be protected. Only then can a process of healing and recovery begin, however long it may take, however difficult it may be.

“I would like you to understand that the family will do whatever is necessary for your well-being. And I also want you to understand that you are very much loved regardless of the circumstances.

“We are deeply concerned for your well-being and that of your baby.”

Police said Ms Marten and Mr Gordon had no luggage with them after most of their possessions were destroyed in the car fire and are using the money to pay for taxis and places of stay.

The couple have reportedly lived an isolated life since meeting in 2016, with then-theatre student Ms Marten cutting ties with family and friends.

She grew up at Crichel House, an estate in Dorset, in a prominent family that had links to the Royals.

Last September, Ms. Marten and Mr. Gordon began moving around the country, renting Airbnbs for brief periods.

Handout photo issued by Greater Manchester Police of a CCTV image believed to be Constance Marten outside Harwich Port in Essex on Saturday.  Ms Marten who, along with Mark Gordon, is missing with their newborn baby, after their vehicle broke down near Junction Four (Farnworth, Bolton) of the M61 on Thursday.  Police searching for a missing couple and their newborn have released a CCTV image believed to be of the mother, fearing for their safety.  Greater Manchester Police (GMP) are asking Constance Marten to make contact and seek medical assistance.  Issue date: Saturday January 7, 2023. PA Photo.  See PA story POLICE Bolton.  Photo credit should read: Greater Manchester Police/PA Wire BEST QUALITY AVAILABLE NOTE TO EDITORS: This photograph may only be used for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption.  Reuse of the image may require additional permission from the copyright holder.
Police say Ms Marten and Mr Gordon appear to be avoiding detection and have access to large amounts of cash (Picture: Greater Manchester Police/PA Wire)

Since her disappearance, the couple appear to have gone to great lengths to avoid detection, covering their faces or looking away when captured by CCTV cameras.

Investigators said it was unusual for hotels to accept cash payments and appealed to staff at hotels or hostels where the couple may be staying to come forward.

Detective Superintendent Lewis Basford said: ‘This is a complex investigation with officers across the Met continuing to work around the clock to locate Constance, Mark and their baby.

“There is no indication that either of them suffered any intentional harm – we just need to make sure he is okay, especially the baby, and does not require medical attention for any underlying issues.

“The last confirmed sighting of them was over a week ago in East Ham – they could now be anywhere in the UK which is why it is vital that members of the public continue to contact us to any suspected sightings.

“The help you have provided so far has been invaluable. Please remember Constance, Mark and the baby – if you see them or think you have seen them please contact us urgently.

Mr Gordon’s conviction relates to an attack in Florida on a woman in her early 20s when he was 14.

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