Body of Robert F. Kennedy’s Granddaughter Found, Her Son Still Missing After Canoe Accident
Divers have found Maeve Kennedy Townsend McKean’s body about 2.5 miles south of the family home on Chesapeake Bay, four days after she and her 8-year-old son were reported missing.
- Apr 7, 2020
AceShowbiz – The body of Robert F. Kennedy’s granddaughter Maeve Kennedy Townsend McKean has been found, four days after she and her son were declared missing in a canoe accident. Divers found her body on Monday, April 6 at about 5:31 P.M. about 2.5 miles away from her mother’s waterfront property in Shady Side, Maryland, said the Maryland Natural Resources Police in a press release. Authorities added her body was located in water that was 25-feet deep.
Maeve’s 8-year-old son Gideon is still missing. Authorities said the search for the young boy would continue on Tuesday. Aviation and underwater imaging sonar technology have been used to discover the remains.
Maeve and Gideon went missing on Thursday, April 2. Her husband David McKean said they were self-quarantining at Maeve’s mother’s home on Chesapeake Bay and the mother-and-son duo was playing a game of kickball and the ball went into the water, so they got in a canoe to get the ball. “The cove is protected, with much calmer wind and water than in the greater Chesapeake. They got into a canoe, intending simply to retrieve the ball, and somehow got pushed by wind or tide into the open bay,” he explained.
“About 30 minutes later they were spotted by an onlooker from land, who saw them far out from shore, and called the police,” he continued. “After that last sighting, they were not seen again. The Coast Guard recovered their canoe, which was capsized and miles away, at approximately 6:30 yesterday evening.”
After 24 hours, the search for them was suspended and turned from rescue to recovery as the family believed the two had passed away. “It is clear that Maeve and Gideon have passed away,” David said in a statement on Friday, “It has been more than 24 hours, and the chances they have survived are impossibly small.” He added, “The search for their recovery will continue, and I hope that that will be successful.”
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