The body of Maeve Kennedy Townsend McKean, the granddaughter of Robert F. Kennedy, has been found but her son Gideon is still missing.
Maeve’s body was found on Monday at 5:31pm local time, around 4 kilometres away from the waterfront property where they were staying.
The search for Gideon will continue on Tuesday, People reports.
Maeve’s husband, David McKean,shared on Facebook Friday, that that his wife and son were presumed dead.
“Despite heroic efforts by the Coast Guard and many state and local authorities, the decision has now been made to suspend the active rescue effort,” he wrote. The search that began yesterday afternoon went on throughout the night and continued all day today,” he said. “It is now dark again. It has been more than 24 hours, and the chances they have survived are impossibly small.”
He added: “It is clear that Maeve and Gideon have passed away.”
A Kennedy family spokesperson confirmed Friday that two missing people last seen in a canoe off Chesapeake Bay Thursday evening are Maeve Kennedy McKean, 41, and her 8-year-old son, Gideon.
“At this time our family asks for privacy and that everyone keep Maeve and Gideon in their prayers,” said a statement from a family spokesman. Maryland Governor Larry Hogan also confirmed their identities at the start of his coronavirus press conference Friday, and said an “intensive search” was underway.
“I reached out to, and spoke with Lieutenant Governor Townsend this morning,” Hogan said. “And, on behalf of the people of Maryland, I expressed our most heartfelt sympathies and prayers to her and to her entire family during this difficult time.”