POLICE looking for the baby of runaway aristocrat Constance Marten found a child's remains in woodland next to an allotment just five minutes from where the pair were arrested, it was claimed today.
Officers were today manning the wooded area after the grim find yesterday afternoon – just yards from a row of houses in the Hollingdean area of Brighton, East Sussex.
It is close to a public footpath and green screens have been erected next to Lower Roedale allotments – a five-minute walk from where Marten, 35, and her rapist lover Mark Gordon, 48, were arrested on Monday.
They remain in custody after being arrested for child neglect and gross negligence manslaughter.
One local said: “Police arrived at around 4.45pm and told us they had found the baby.
“I believe it was found on the path in the woodland rather than in a shed or anything on the actual allotment site.
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“Police have been taking away boxes but I’m not sure what was inside them.
“It’s harrowing to know that poor little soul was found right here. Hearing the news broke my heart.”
Police said last night remains of a baby were found in wooded area near to the arrest scene.
No further details were revealed about the baby – including its sex – and a post-mortem examination is to take place in due course.
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Following the couple's arrest, police launched a massive search across 91-square miles of East Sussex for the missing baby.
Over 200 officers were spotted searching under cars and behind bins in Stanmer Villas and nearby Roedale Valley Allotments.
On Tuesday morning DSI Lewis Basford from the Met police said they were "hopeful" that the child was still alive.
However Police later admitted there was a "possibility the baby has come to harm" during the couple's seven weeks on the run.
Marten and Gordon were reported missing after their car broke down near Bolton, Greater Manchester, on January 5.
Cops previously said the new mum had given birth in her car days before the pair fled.
It's believed before they disappeared, Marten withdrew £15,000 of cash and the pair bought burner phones with multiple sim cards.
The pair ditched their burning car and a nationwide hunt for the three of them began.
They are believed to have spent time sleeping rough and travelling the country using cabs after being spotted buying camping equipment from an East London Argos on January 7.
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Concerns grew for the missing aristocrat, 35, and her baby, as temperatures across the country plummeted.
Before they were found, the pair were last seen with their baby in Newhaven, East Sussex, on January 9.
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