Police search for missing couple with newborn baby near motorway

Constance Marten and Mark Gordon vanished after car broke down on M61  (Greater Manchester Police)
Constance Marten and Mark Gordon vanished after car broke down on M61 (Greater Manchester Police)

A mother has vanished with her newborn baby with police begging her to visit a hospital, saying their “number one priority” is to keep her “beautiful newborn safe”.

Constance Marten and Mark Gordon, along with their recently born child, are missing after their vehicle broke down near junction four of the M61, near Bolton, on Thursday night.

The family then walked towards Anchor Lane bridge which links the Highfield and Little Hulton areas.

In a statement, Greater Manchester Police (GMP) said evidence suggested that Ms Marten had “very recently given birth and neither her or the baby have been assessed by medical professionals”.

Mr Gordon is described as wearing dark clothing while Ms Marten, who has a southern accent, was wearing a burgundy coat. The baby was swaddled.

GMP’s head of public protection Chief Superintendent Michaela Kerr said: “As a mum, I would like to make a direct appeal to Constance. Constance, I know this is an exceptionally hard time for you and you are likely feeling scared, but I promise that our number one priority is the same as yours – to keep your beautiful newborn safe.

“As you know, it’s really important that both you and your baby are assessed by medical professionals as soon as possible, so please make contact with emergency services or make your way to your nearest hospital, wherever that may be.

“I would also like to appeal to members of the public – not just in Bolton but across Greater Manchester and beyond.

“If you have any information about this family’s whereabouts, please do nothing more than contact emergency services. GMP can be contacted via Live Chat on our website or 999. Even the most minor detail might help us keep this mum and baby safe.”

Police appealed for anyone with information to contact Greater Manchester Police on 999 quoting 2657 05/01/23 or via