UK Police Search for Infant After Missing Couple Arrested

The Associated Press
By The Associated Press
February 28, 2023UK
UK Police Search for Infant After Missing Couple Arrested
Mark Gordon and Constance Marten in this handout combination photo provided on Jan. 18, 2023. (Metropolitan Police via AP)

LONDON—British police said Tuesday they have launched a major search for a two-month-old baby after officers arrested the infant’s mother and her boyfriend who had been missing since January.

Constance Marten, 35, and her boyfriend Mark Gordon, 48, a convicted sex offender, had been on the run since the baby was born in early January. They have been spotted around the country, and police said they sought to avoid being detected by paying for everything in cash and covering their faces when on CCTV.

Marten and Gordon were arrested Tuesday on suspicion of gross negligence manslaughter.

Police officers urgently searching for the infant were seen looking through a golf course, allotments, and woodland Tuesday near where the couple were located.

Brighton Police
Police officers work in an urgent search operation to find the missing baby of Constance Marten, who has not had any medical attention since birth in early January, in Roedale Valley Allotments, Brighton, UK, on Feb. 28, 2023. (Jordan Pettitt/PA via AP)

“It is a vast area and at present we are looking in the local vicinity to where the couple were arrested last night, seeking a shelter or location for where they may have been holed up and hopefully where the baby is present,” Detective Superintendent Lewis Basford told the BBC.

Police searched for Marten and Gordon for weeks after a car they were traveling in was found abandoned and on fire on the side of a highway on Jan. 5.

Police believe Marten had given birth in or near the car just a day or two earlier, and officers said they were increasingly concerned for the family’s welfare because neither Marten nor the baby had been seen by medical professionals.

Dozens of officers were involved in the search, and more than 600 hours of CCTV footage were reviewed.

Marten was reportedly a drama student when she met Gordon. He had served 20 years in prison in the United States after being convicted in Florida of kidnapping and sexual battery, according to U.S. law enforcement records. He was deported from the U.S. after his release.

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