A missing British aristocrat and her sex offender partner may be putting their newborn baby’s life at risk by sleeping in a tent in freezing weather and hiding in the homeless community, British law enforcement said on Tuesday.
Constance “Toots” Marten, 35, whose family has ties to British Royalty, was last seen with her lover Mark Gordon, 48, and their baby in London on January 7. A missing person case has been launched after police in Manchester, north-west England, two days earlier found their abandoned car on fire by a motorway. Investigators believe her baby was born just a day or two before the fire in the car.
Now police are redoubling their calls for help to find the trio amid fears the newborn – who has not received medical attention since birth – could be sleeping in a tent in the bitterly cold weather. Temperatures in some parts of London fell below 17 degrees on Monday, the coldest night in the English capital in over a decade.
Gordon – a sex offender who was serving a 20-year sentence in Florida after raping a woman in the 1980s when he was just 14 – was spotted on surveillance footage entering a London store, to buy a tent, two sleeping bags and two pillows on January 7th. Police say this is the last official sighting of Gordon – a British citizen who was deported back to the UK in 2010 – or Marten or their baby.
“We are extremely concerned that a newborn baby – less than a week old at the time of 7 January – has been exposed to freezing temperatures when Mark and Constance have been camping anywhere outside, as our evidence suggests,” Scotland Yard’s Detective Superintendent Lewis Basford, who is leading the investigation, said in a press release. “No child, especially a tiny newborn, should be forced to endure such dangerous, potentially life-threatening conditions.”
Basford said officers were working to piece together the family’s movements but admitted they could be “absolutely anywhere” in the UK. “They could be trying to blend in with homeless communities, either here in London or further afield, or they could be camping in more rural or wooded areas,” he added.
Marten met Gordon in 2016 while she was studying acting and slowly broke ties with her family. Her grandmother, Mary Anna Marten, was a goddaughter to the Queen Mother and her father, Napier Marten, was a former page to the late Queen Elizabeth II.
Although Constance Marten distances herself from her relatives, her father has directly asked her to turn herself in to the police.
“Dear Constance, even though we remain estranged at the moment, I stand by, as I have always and as the family have always done, to do whatever is necessary to ensure your safe return to us,” Napier said Marten last week. “I implore you to find a way to show yourself and your little one to the police as soon as possible so that you and he or she can be protected. Only then can a healing and recovery process begin, however long it may take, however difficult it may be.”
https://www.thedailybeast.com/missing-aristocrat-constance-marten-baby-could-be-sleeping-in-tent-cops?source=articles&via=rss Missing aristocrat Constance Marten, baby could sleep in tent: cops