Constance Marten ‘gave birth in a car after hiding her pregnancy from her family for five months’
A mother who disappeared two weeks ago with her convicted sex offender boyfriend had given birth to their child in the back of a car, it has been learned.
Emergency personnel found a placenta and other signs of labor in the back seat of the car Constance Marten and Mark Gordon abandoned on the M61, sources familiar with the investigation told The Daily Telegraph.
Investigators found the car, which had caught fire, on January 5. They believe Ms Marten, 35, had given birth a day or two early and had not received the necessary medical treatment.
Ms Marten and Gordon, 48, disappeared after apparently hiding her pregnancy for five months. Her mother alleged that the couple secretly got married after learning she was pregnant.
Constance Marten, 35, gave birth in the back of a car, just a day or two before she caught fire and was left on the side of the M61
Emergency personnel found a placenta and other signs of labor in the back seat of the car Constance Marten and Mark Gordon (pictured) were traveling in Pictured: The couple captured on CCTV as they arrived in London on or around January 13
Police believe Ms Marten, who comes from an aristocratic family, went to great lengths to conceal the birth of her child. They are worried about the newborn.
The couple have reportedly lived an isolated life since meeting in 2016 in London, with then-theatre student Ms Marten cutting ties with family and friends.
It is not known how they met, but it is believed that Gordon lived near her and worked as a laborer. Last September, they started moving around the country, renting AirBnBs for brief periods.
On January 5, they were on the M61 when their car broke down and caught fire near junction four in Farnworth, Bolton.
Detectives do not believe the couple intentionally set fire to the car, which had been purchased with cash shortly before it was discovered. They suspect the vehicle suffered a mechanical failure.
The couple then 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.
Every time Ms Marten and Mr Gordon are seen on CCTV they cover their faces or look away and have kept the baby covered.
Investigators say the couple seem to know how to evade authorities, making their search more difficult.
They also suspect the couple lost most of their possessions in the car fire.
The Metropolitan Police, who are leading the search to find the couple and the newborn baby, said they have a substantial sum of money from a multi-million trust fund which allows them to live off the grid.
The car the couple were driving broke down and caught fire, as seen in this police photo
Ms Marten and her partner Mark Gordon have been missing since January 5 after their car broke down and caught fire on the M61. The couple were seen walking off the highway with their newborn baby
After her car broke down on the M61 near Bolton on Thursday evening, Ms Marten was reportedly spotted wrapped in a red blanket in Harwich Port, Essex at 9am on Saturday.
Police believe they could be anywhere in the UK and are calling on the public to provide any information that can help find them.
Some 200 officers are working on the search and have gone through more than 200 hours of CCTV footage since the couple were last seen on January 7.
Yesterday it was revealed that Gordon is a registered sex offender who was jailed for 20 years in the US for a vicious sex attack in which he took a neighbor hostage when he was just 14 .
Gordon was born in Birmingham, West Midlands, but he, his mother and half-siblings moved to the United States when he was still a child in 1989.
In April of that year, aged just 14, Gordon armed himself with garden shears and a kitchen knife, then attacked his neighbor in a four-and-a-half-hour ordeal in which he attacked her. held hostage and sexually assaulted her.
Two young children were sleeping in the next room at the time of the attack, according to documents.
US court records describe how Gordon allegedly entered through the window of the woman’s bathroom, only to find a pair of her stockings which he used as a makeshift mask to cover his face.
Once he met his victim, the documents state: “The suspect ordered the victim back into the bedroom and, while still armed, demanded that the victim remove his clothes.”
He then sexually assaulted and raped the victim.
There were a total of six counts against Gordon relating to the April 29 attack: one count of kidnapping with a weapon, four separate counts of sexual assault with a weapon and one count of burglary with a deadly weapon. He was found guilty on all counts.
Gordon’s mum Sylvia, 83, insisted her son was a ‘good boy’ and claimed he secretly married Ms Marten, adding she ‘doesn’t know what he’s up to. ‘acts’.
‘I am very worried. I love my son. He’s a good boy, so I don’t know what it’s about,” she said.
“I’m worried about all of them. I think, I wonder if someone kidnapped them?
A 2010 mugshot of Gordon released by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement
Constance Marten, pictured right, at the Mist Mag party in 2013 with two other women
Napier Marten (pictured), is Constance’s father and was pageboy to Queen Elizabeth II before giving up his £115million fortune after an ‘epiphany’ that told him to flee his ‘materialistic’ life
His remarks come after film producer Napier Marten appealed to his daughter, Constance, to keep her and her child safe.
Mr Marten, son of Mary Anna Marten, whose godmother was the late Queen Mother, told the Independent: ‘Dearest Constance, even if we remain apart at the moment, I stand ready, as I always have and as the family has always done, to do whatever it takes to ensure that you come back to us safely. security.
“I implore you to find a way to get you and your little one to the police as soon as possible, so that you and him can be protected.
“Only then can a process of healing and recovery begin, however long it may take, however difficult it may be.
“We are deeply concerned for your well-being and that of your baby. 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.”