Father of missing woman Constance Marten issues plea for her to contact police for baby's safety

Missing Bolton couple
Constance Marten and Mark Gordon have been missing with their newborn baby for nearly two weeks. Credit: Greater Manchester Police

The father of an aristocrat missing with her newborn and partner has told of the family's pain as he urged her to contact police.

Napier Marten, reportedly a former page to the late Queen, said he and his family are "deeply concerned" for the welfare of Constance Marten and her baby.

Constance, her partner and baby were seen on 5 January on the M61 when their car broke down and caught fire near Bolton.

Police are worried for the newborn and say neither Ms Marten nor the baby have had medical attention since the birth.

The couple have a substantial amount of cash, allowing them to live off-grid, police said.

Ms Marten comes from a wealthy aristocratic family, while her partner Mark Gordon is a sex offender who served 20 years in a US jail for rape and battery.

Mark Gordon served 20 years in a US jail for rape and battery.

He and Ms Marten have been missing for almost two weeks and police said they have a substantial amount of cash, allowing them to live off-grid.

In an audio appeal, made through The Independent, Mr Marten said while he remains estranged from his "darling" daughter, his family is willing to "do whatever is necessary for your safe return to us".

He said the family has lived "in great concern", knowing of Mr Gordon's past, "for some time".

A CCTV image purporting to show Constance Marten outside Harwich Port in Essex Credit: Greater Manchester Police/PA

In his appeal, Mr Marten said: "Darling Constance, even though we remain estranged at the moment, I stand by, as I have always done and as the family has always done, to do whatever is necessary for your safe return to us.

"I beseech you to find a way to turn yourself and your wee one in to the police as soon as possible so you and he or she 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 all that is needed for your wellbeing.

"And I also wish you to understand you are much, much loved, whatever the circumstances.

"We are deeply concerned for your and your baby's welfare. The past eight years have been beyond painful for all the family as well as your friends, as they must have been for you, and to see you so vulnerable again is testing in the extreme."

Mr Marten thanked the police for "all their endeavours in bringing this tragic episode to a swift and safe conclusion" as he repeated his appeal for his daughter to "find the courage to present yourself to the police as soon as possible".

On 5 January, Constance Marten and Mark Gordon were on the M61 when their car broke down and caught fire near junction four at Farnworth, Bolton.

The couple then walked to Anchor Lane Bridge, where they got a taxi to Liverpool before getting another to Harwich, Essex.

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

Each time Ms Marten and Mr Gordon are seen on CCTV, they are covering their faces or looking away, and have kept the baby covered up.

Investigators say the couple appear to know how to evade authorities - making the search for them harder.

Police believe they could be anywhere in the UK and are appealing to the public to come forward with any information that may help find them.

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

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