Body Of Robert F. Kennedy’s Granddaughter Maeve Has Been Found, Her Son Is Still Missing

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.”

The pair were last seen drifting several miles off shore just after 4:30 p.m. Thursday, according to a press release from the Anne Arundel County Fire Department that did not disclose the victim’s identifies. A water rescue dispatch arrived shortly after a concerned citizen at Columbia Beach community pier, in Shady Side, Maryland, placed a 911 call, saying they saw two people drifting in a small canoe.

A statement from the Maryland Natural Resources Police, who are leading the investigation, said Friday that a “preliminary investigation revealed that the pair may have been paddling the canoe from a residence in Shady Side, MD out into the bay to retrieve a ball and were unable to paddle back to shore.”

Anne Arundel Fire Captain Erik Kornmeyer said that, despite arriving within five minutes of the call, the fire dispatch was unable to reach the canoe. “Currents were pretty fast, they moved out of sight pretty quickly,” he said, adding that conditions were “rough and windy” Thursday night.

Boats and helicopters from the fire department, the City of Annapolis Fire Department, and the United States Coast Guard quickly began to search the bay, Kornmeyer said. Over two hours later, at 7 p.m., a canoe and paddle were found several miles from where Mckean and her son were first spotted.

“At approximately 7 p.m., an overturned canoe, matching the approximate description of the one which the pair were in, was located,” the Natural Resources Police said.

The U.S. Coast Guard and a fireboat from the City of Annapolis Fire Department found the canoe and paddle east of Rockhold Creek in Deale, Maryland, near Herring Bay, according to the Anne Arundel County Fire Department press release. The search was called off at 7:30 p.m. “due to darkness,” and resumed early Friday morning.

The National Weather Service said conditions will be hazardous to small craft on Chesapeake Bay all day Friday. The NWS issued a “small craft advisory” for the bay until midnight Friday, citing 15 to 20 knot (nautical miles per hour) winds, gusts of up to 30 knots, and three feet waves this afternoon, with similar conditions into the evening.

This story was originally published by CBS News on April 3, 2020 at 4:08 p.m. ET.

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