Body of Robert F. Kennedy’s Granddaughter Found After Maryland Canoeing Accident

Robert F. Kennedy’s granddaughter’s body found; his great-grandson has not been found; he is presumed dead.

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.

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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.

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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