Two Kennedy Family Members Missing in Chesapeake Bay
Maeve Kennedy Townsend McKean, 40, granddaughter of Robert F. Kennedy, and her 8-year-old son, Gideon McKean, are missing. The pair disappeared while canoeing in Chesapeake Bay Thursday afternoon.
According to reports, Mrs. McKean and family members were visiting her mother’s waterfront home (above) in Shady Side, Maryland, when her son kicked a ball into the water and it drifted away. The two “popped into a canoe” to track down the ball, but strayed too far out into the water.
The search for the missing mother and son by the U.S. Coast Guard and several police and fire departments commenced on an area of Robinson Road among strong winds. An overturned canoe “matching the approximate description” of the missing boat was discovered around 7 p.m.
Governor Larry Hogan said in a news conference today (April 3) he had spoken with Mrs. McKean’s mother, former Maryland Lieutenant Governor Kathleen Kennedy Townsend. “I expressed our most heartfelt sympathies and prayers to her and her entire family during this most difficult time,” Hogan said.
Sources: Andrea Swalec, NBC News, April 3, 2020, and Zak Failla, The Daily Voice, April 3, 2020.
Authorities announced Monday the body of Maeve Kennedy Townsend McKean was discovered in around 25 feet of water 2.5 miles south of her mother’s home in Shady Side, Maryland. She and her son disappeared Friday, April 3.
The recovery came after a three-day search that involved aviation and underwater imaging sonar technology. On Saturday, the U.S. Coast Guard reported the search for survivors had gone from a rescue mission to a recovery mission, a family member reported.
Authorities announced they will keep searching for McKean’s 8-year-old son, Gideon McKean.
Sources: Jack Durschlag, Fox News, April 7, 2020, and NBC News, April 6, 2020.