A convicted sex offender who has spent more than 20 years in prison is being sought by police after going missing with a missing aristocrat and their baby daughter.
Mark Gordon, 48, and partner Constance Marten, 35, have been at the center of a nationwide police hunt for two weeks as concerns about Miss Marten’s newborn baby have grown.
Gordon, a British citizen, is believed to have been deported from the United States in 2014 after serving 24 years in prison for kidnapping and sexual battery.
He was only 15 years old when he was convicted of the crimes in Broward County, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, in 1990.
Miss Marten comes from an aristocratic landowning family in Dorset with ‘ties to the Royal Family,’ according to police, and they have a large sum of money, allowing them to live off-grid.
Her father, Napier Marten, was a pageboy for Queen Elizabeth II before giving up his £115 million fortune following a ‘epiphany’ that told him to leave his’materialistic’ life.
She is the granddaughter of Mary Anna Marten, the late Queen Mother’s godmother. The Crichel estate in Dorset was once owned by the family.
Miss Marten earned a BA in Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Leeds in 2012.
According to her LinkedIn profile, after graduating, she worked as a photojournalist and as a researcher at Qatari news channel Al Jazeera’s London office.
Miss Marten and her partner were spotted outside East Ham station in east London, prompting detectives from the Metropolitan Police to join colleagues from the North West in the hunt.
On Thursday, January 5, the couple went missing after their car broke down near Bolton.
They fled on foot with their baby son and have been missing ever since, despite a massive police search.
Miss Marten is said to have been estranged from her family for some time.
After the mother and her newborn baby went missing, police searched every hotel and B&B in Colchester.
The family were seen in the city earlier this month, but Miss Marten is believed to have been captured on CCTV after abandoning the car, which had been purchased six days before they went missing.
Information provided by taxi drivers suggests that the couple paid cash to travel first to Liverpool and then to Essex.
They later stayed at a hotel using false names. They were spotted in Harwich Port in Essex at around 9am on January 7.
Regular ferry services run from Harwich to the Hook of Holland. But Essex Police said the trio took a taxi from Harwich to East Ham station in Newham later that day.
Police are concerned because neither Miss Marten nor her baby have been evaluated by medical professionals since her birth.
Gordon was described as wearing dark clothing in police statements, while Miss Marten was described as having a southern accent and wearing a burgundy coat. The infant is swaddled.