Authorities found the body of Maeve Kennedy Townsend McKean on Monday, five days after her canoe apparently capsized in the Chesapeake Bay. McKean, 40, the daughter of former Maryland Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend and granddaughter of Robert F. Kennedy, went missing late Thursday afternoon along with her son 8-year-old son, Gideon.
A preliminary investigation found that McKean and her son may have been paddling the canoe out into the bay to retrieve a ball and were unable to paddle back to shore.
Maryland Natural Resources Police said Monday that McKean’s body was found in 25 feet of water about 2.5 miles south of her mother’s residence, where the canoe had launched. Authorities used aviation and underwater imaging sonar technology to find her body. Authorities said they would resume their search for Gideon on Tuesday.