Authorities recover body of RFK’s granddaughter in bay

By McKenna Oxenden The Baltimore Sun (TNS)

BALTIMORE — After searching for four days, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Police have found the body of former Maryland Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend’s missing daughter.

Authorities found Maeve Kennedy Townsend McKean’s body at 5:31 p.m. Monday, submerged 25 feet and about 2½ miles from her mother’s residence in Shady Side in Anne Arundel County. McKean’s 8-year-old son, Gideon Joseph Kennedy McKean, has not been found. Police said they will resume the search Tuesday.

Maeve McKean, 40, and son were last seen Friday afternoon about 10 miles south of Annapolis near Herring Bay. Authorities said the pair’s canoe was found overturned at about 7 p.m. Friday, east of Rockhold Creek in Deale.

The two were playing kickball near a cove on Townsend’s property when one of them kicked the ball into the cove. While trying to retrieve it in a canoe, they “somehow got pushed by wind or tide into the open bay,” Maeve McKean’s husband, David McKean, wrote in Facebook post.

The search for Maeve and Gideon McKean involved aviation and underwater imaging sonar technology. The Charles County Dive and Rescue Team also helped in the search.

Maeve McKean is the granddaughter of Robert F. Kennedy, the former U.S. attorney general and New York senator who was former president John F. Kennedy’s brother. Tragedy has famously followed the extended Kennedy family, with both Robert and John Kennedy having been assassinated, and multiple family members dying in other sudden accidents.

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