Body of Maeve Kennedy Townsend McKean found

Body of Maeve Kennedy Townsend McKean found
Maeve McKean, a public health and human rights lawyer, served as executive director of the Georgetown University Global Health Initiative. (Source: Twitter: @MaeveMckean)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The body of Maeve Kennedy Townsend McKean, daughter of former Maryland Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, has been found four days after she and her son went missing after a canoe trip in the Chesapeake Bay.

After a search that spanned several days and involved aviation and underwater imaging sonar technology, authorities recovered McKean’s body Monday about 5:30 p.m. in 25 feet of water and about 2 1/2 miles south of her mother’s residence in Shady Side, Maryland, where the canoe was launched.

The Maryland Natural Resources Police will resume search operations Tuesday to continue searching for her son, Gideon McKean.

Divers and boats resumed searching Monday in the Chesapeake Bay for the bodies of McKean and her son.

The search began last Thursday after a report of a canoe in the bay that didn’t return to shore after apparently being overtaken by strong winds. Searchers on Saturday and Sunday reported no signs of the canoeists and their effort will resume Monday after an overnight pause, a Maryland Natural Resources Police news release said late Sunday.

The missing canoeists were identified as Maeve Kennedy Townsend McKean, 40, and McKean’s 8-year-old son, Gideon Joseph Kennedy McKean.

“With profound sadness, I share the news that the search for my beloved daughter Maeve and grandson Gideon has turned from rescue to recovery,” Kathleen Kennedy Townsend had said in a statement Friday night.

Kennedy Townsend, who served two terms as Maryland’s lieutenant governor, is the eldest daughter of the late U.S. Attorney General and Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, and niece of the late President John F. Kennedy.

Vessels during the weekend conducted sonar operations around the area where the two were last seen and where their overturned canoe was recovered, according to police.

The mother and son may been paddling the canoe from a home in Shady Side, Maryland, to retrieve a ball and couldn’t paddle back to shore, police said earlier.

Maeve McKean, a public health and human rights lawyer, served as executive director of the Georgetown University Global Health Initiative.

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