The lifeless body of Robert F. Kennedy’s granddaughter was recovered on Monday by Maryland police officers four days after she and her eight-year-old son, Gideon disappeared while canoeing in Chesapeake Bay. RFK was assassinated by a gunman during his run for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination in 1968.
His brother, President John F. Kennedy, had also been assassinated while visiting Dallas, Texas in 1963.
According to Maryland police detectives on Monday, 40-year-old Maeve Kennedy Townsend McKean was discovered dead in 25 feet of water just after 5.30 pm on Monday by the officers from the Charles County Dive and Rescue team. The cause of death is still being investigated.
Her son Gideon remains missing but the police and search and rescue officers will continue their search on Tuesday. The investigating officers told reporters that they sadly suspect he too is deceased.
Maeve, a civil-rights lawyer, was found three-miles south of the Shady Side, Maryland home of her mother, former Maryland lieutenant governor Kathleen Kennedy Townsend. They were staying with her mother to get away from the Coronavirus national emergency seeking distance from possible COVID-19 carriers.
The mother and son disappeared on Thursday as they were canoeing in the popular Chesapeake Bay in Maryland.
According to one detective, they took the canoe in order to retrieve a lost ball from a waterfront home, but they never returned to shore.
Some of the cops involved in the search complained that the U.S. Coast Guard first conducted a rescue operation but they ended it on Saturday without finding Maeve or Gideon. It was the Maryland State Police’s Natural Resources Unit that continued the search.
The family had moved out of their Washington DC home into the Shady Side, Maryland home of Maeve’s mother in response to a government advisories and warnings.
Maeve was a public health and human rights lawyer who served as executive director of the Georgetown University Global Health Initiative. She had graduated from the prestigious Washington, DC law school at Georgetown.
Maeve was married to husband David McKean in 2009 and together they had three children: Gideon, eight; Gabriella, seven; and Toby, two and a half. Mr. McKean is the U.S. Ambassador to Luxembourg, a post he’s held since 2016.