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In the United States, police have found the body of Robert Fitzgerald Kennedy’s great-grandson, who disappeared after canoeing.

Maeve Kennedy Townsend, 40, and her son, Gideon McKean, 8, disappeared Friday after drifting in Chesapeake Bay, Maryland on a boat.

Police find body of missing lawyer, but were unable to locate Gideon until this afternoon.

The divers located Townsend’s body in about 25 feet of water, 4 km south of his biker’s residence in Shady Side, Maryland, where the canoe was launched.

The Anne Arundel County Fire Department received a call last Thursday around 4:30 p.m. reporting that two people in a small canoe or kayak were drifting in Chesapeake Bay.

The overturned canoe was quickly recovered after traveling miles downstream from where it entered the water.



Maeve and Gideon with their husband David, Gabriella, seven, and Toby, two

Rescuers were dispatched to the area and a search began. Around 7 p.m., the canoe and a paddle were found, but the missing persons were not.

Husband David McKean had confirmed the disappearance of his wife and son at the Washington Post at week-end.

He told the newspaper that his wife and son “jumped into a canoe for [a ball] down.

Ms. McKean and Gideon were the daughter and grandson of ex-Maryland Lieutenant Governor Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, who in turn was the RFK daughter.



The bodies of the two missing family members were found



Maeve Kennedy Townsend McKean and son Gideon missing in Chesapeake Bay, Maryland

Friday Townsend confirmed that the search had “gone from rescue to recovery”.

After discovering Ms. McKean’s body, Anne Arundel County Director Steuart Pittman said, “The news of this tragedy hit me and my family hard this morning.

“We hold Kathleen and her family in the light, and we hold our loved ones a little closer as we reflect on their pain and loss.”

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Earlier on Monday, more than 100 family members held a prayer service through Zoom, said Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. on Instagram.

Ms. McKean was a public health and human rights lawyer and was executive director of the Georgetown University Global Health Initiative.

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