Police appeal after couple and newborn baby go missing from side of M61 near Bolton

Evidence suggests the missing woman has very recently given birth.

Emily Sergeant Emily Sergeant - 6th January 2023

Greater Manchester Police (GMP) has issued an appeal to “parents and members of the public” in the search for a missing couple and their newborn baby.

The couple, which investigating officers have named as Constance Marten and Mark Gordon, are both missing, along with their newborn baby, after their vehicle broke down close to Junction 4 of the M61 near Farnworth in Bolton last night (Thursday 5 January 2023).

GMP says the family left the vehicle and the motorway safely.

Before going missing, the Ms Marten and Mr Gordon were said to have been seen walking to the Anchor Lane bridge, which links the Highfield and Little Hulton areas near Salford, after their vehicle broke down.

Mr Gordon was wearing dark clothing, and Constance – who has a southern accent – was wearing a burgundy coat, and carrying the swaddled newborn.


Police say evidence suggests that Ms Marten has very recently given birth, and neither her or the baby have been assessed by medical professionals.   

An appeal for witnesses and information has now been issued to help locate the family.


“As a mum, I would like to make a direct appeal to Constance,” said GMP’s Head of Public Protection Chief Superintendent, Michaela Kerr.

“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 new born 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.”

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Anyone with information should contact Greater Manchester Police, either via 999 quoting 2657 05/01/23, or online via

Information can also be shared anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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