Couple missing with a newborn baby- The well-being of a newborn baby whose parents the police believe are sleeping rough in frigid weather is becoming an increasing concern for the authorities. Constance Marten, a British aristocrat who has been missing for over two weeks, and her partner, Mark Gordon, a convicted sex offender, were both seen for the last time in east London, where they had gone to purchase a tent and bedding. Due to the fact that their newborn child has not been seen by a doctor since its birth in early January, the detectives are concerned that their child may have been subjected to temperatures below zero.
According to statements made by officers on Tuesday, Gordon went into the Argos store located on Whitechapel Road at 6:19 p.m. on Saturday, January 7 to purchase camping equipment, including a blue two-person tent. After walking around for more than three hours in an attempt to hail three different black cabs, all of which refused to take them as passengers, the family finally decided to head home.
At exactly 10:01 that evening, they were spotted for the last time heading along Brick Lane in the direction of Bethnal Green Road. “We are extremely concerned that a newborn baby – less than a week old at the time on 7 January – has been exposed to sub-freezing cold temperatures,” said Det. Supt. Lewis Basford, who is leading the investigation. “Our evidence suggests that Mark and Constance have been camping out somewhere,” said Det. Supt. Lewis Basford. “We are extremely concerned that a newborn baby has been exposed to sub-freezing cold temperatures.”
“No child, and especially not a brand-new, helpless infant, should be made to suffer through situations that are so hazardous and could put their life in jeopardy. “Because of this, it is of the utmost importance for anyone who has information on their whereabouts to notify us as quickly as possible – regardless of whether the sighting was recent or more recent in the past. Every scrap of information is essential if we are going to be able to locate the infant and ensure that it is safe.
“My officers will continue to work relentlessly behind the scenes in an effort to piece together the family’s travels and determine where the family is currently located. It is possible that they are attempting to fit in with homeless people, either here in London or further afield. Alternatively, it is possible that they are camping in more rural or woodland sections of the city. It is possible that they are located in any part of the country. Please keep your eyes alert, especially while you are out and about in waste ground or beauty areas, or while you are walking the dog, and report any information, regardless of how minor you believe it to be, to us. Thank you.”
Marten is from an affluent and aristocratic family that has connections to the British royal family. Prior to meeting Gordon in 2016, she had a potential acting career ahead of her. Since then, the couple has lived a secluded existence, completely cut off from their extended family and their close friends. They started living in a string of Airbnb across the country on short-term rentals sometime around September of the previous year. During this time, they saved up a large amount of money, which enabled them to live off the grid and evade the attention of the authorities.
It is believed that the pair made their way to east London over the course of two days after walking away from a car fire in Greater Manchester, in which the majority of their goods were destroyed. Whenever they have been spotted on CCTV, their faces have been masked, and the baby has been concealed from view. Despite this, taxi drivers who the couple utilized in the days immediately after their disappearance heard noises coming from a baby.
Gordon was sentenced to a prison term of 20 years in the United States for the crime of raping and assaulting a woman in her early 20s while he was only 14 years old. Those who have information can contact the police at the following number: 020 7175 0785. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call Crimestoppers at the following number: 0800 555111 or submit their tips online.