Kennedy Family Member Maeve Kennedy Townsend McKean And Son Missing After Canoe Trip


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Robert F. Kennedy’s granddaughter and great grandson have gone missing after a canoe trip in the Chesapeake Bay, Republican Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan confirmed Friday according to WUSA 9.

Maeve Kennedy Townsend McKean, 41, and her 8-year old son Gideon were last seen Thursday evening 10 miles south of Annapolis near Herring Bay, Maryland, according to WUSA 9. McKean was reportedly at her mother’s home overlooking the Chesapeake Bay when she and her son entered the canoe. Her son had been kicking a ball with other children when the ball fell into the water, and the two went to retrieve it amid high winds, according to the Washington Post.

Maeve McKean attends the 2019 Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Ripple Of Hope Awards on December 12, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights )

Maeve McKean attends the 2019 Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Ripple Of Hope Awards on December 12, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights)

The Coast Guard was notified by Maryland State Police that two people were seen struggling to return to shore near Herring Bay and then not seen again. Anne Arundel County fire officials said a concerned citizen called 911 around 4:30 p.m. to report the sighting.

Natural Resources Police say an overturned canoe matching the description of the one believed to be used by the pair was found around 7 p.m., and Anne Arundel fire officials reported the vessel was found east of Rockhold Creek in Deale, according to the Baltimore Sun

“An intensive search has been underway since late yesterday,” Hogan said during a State House news conference about the coronavirus, Maryland Matters reported Friday. 

McKean is a granddaughter of Robert F. Kennedy, former President John F. Kennedy’s brother. Her mother is the eldest of Robert and Ethel Kennedy’s 11 children. (RELATED: Chinese Journalists Keep Disappearing. This Congressman Wants Answers)

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