Body Found Off Chesapeake Bay Identified as Robert F. Kennedy's Missing Granddaughter

Eldis Sula
April 06, 2020 - 9:00 pm
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Officials have found the body of Maeve Kennedy Townsend McKean after she went missing late last week.

Maryland Natural Resources Police said that search crews found her body around 5:30 pm on Monday around 2.5 miles away from her mother's home in Shady Side, Md. where she went missing.

Her overturned canoe was found miles away from where they were last seen. Her body was found with the help of aviation and underwater imaging sonar technology, a statement from the Maryland Natural Resources Police revealed.

Crews will begin searching again on Tuesday for her 8-year-old son, Gideon Joseph Kennedy McKean.

On Thursday, two boaters who went missing in the Chesapeake Bay near Annapolis, Md. had been identified.

Maeve Kennedy Townsend McKean, 40, and her son Gideon Joseph Kennedy McKean, 8, were confirmed as missing by their husband and father David McKean, Washington Post reports.

Maeve is the daughter of former lieutenant governor Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, granddaughter of Robert F. Kennedy and grand-niece of former president John F. Kennedy.

Speaking to the Washington Post, David McKean said the family was gathered in Shady Side, Md. at a waterfront home owned by his wife’s mother the day they two disappeared.

When a ball was kicked into the water by children playing in a yard, David said Maeve and Gideon “popped into a canoe to chase it down. They just got farther out then they could handle, and couldn’t get back in.” He said it happened at about 4 p.m.

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources Police said Friday that an overturned canoe matching the description of the missing boat was found.

Maeve Kennedy Townsend McKean serves as executive director of the Georgetown University Global Health Initiative.

According to a statement from Capt. Erik Kornmeyer, a spokesman for the Anne Arundel County Fire Department, a concerned individual called authorities around 4:30 p.m. Thursday to say he saw the canoe from the Columbia Beach pier.

The caller said the boaters were “seen struggling to return to shore in a canoe.” They were not seen again.

The search continued by crews aboard boats and helicopters until dark on Thursday night and resumed Friday morning.

The Kennedy family has a long history of tragedies that have occurred to its members.

In 2008, Maeve spoke to “Glamour” about the misconceptions that people have about Kennedy family members.

“People think, because I’m a Kennedy, I’m extremely wealthy and don’t flaunt it. Ha!” she said. “I have a great name, but by the time you get to the fourth generation, the money’s run out. We’re fortunate compared to the average American, but to think I’m a trust fund kid — so not true!”

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