The body of one of the two Kennedy family members who disappeared last week when their boat overturned on the Chesapeake Bay was found on Monday, authorities said.
The Maryland Natural Resources Police said on Monday night that they had found the body of Maeve Kennedy Townsend McKean, 40, a grandson of Robert F. Kennedy. It is said the search will continue for his son, Gideon McKean, 8.
Ms.’s body McKean was found in 25-foot-high water about two and a half miles south of his mother’s home on Shady Side, Md., Where the two family members left in their canoes on Thursday, officials said.
They have jumped into the canoe to take the ball that goes to the bay and can’t row back to the beach, according to the family and the Natural Resources Police.
In a statement late on Friday evening, Ms. McKean, Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, a former Maryland governor, said the family was in mourning.
“My family thanks everyone for their love and prayers as we grieve and try to endure this devastating loss,” he said.
“We love you Maeve,” Representative Joseph P. Kennedy III, Ms. Cousin McKean, wrote on Twitter on Saturday morning. “We love you, Gideon. Our family has lost two of the brightest lights. Grateful for his prayers. Hold on tight to your loved ones. “
Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Ms. McKean, said his niece was with her children in the courtyard of the Townsend home, where Ms. McKean lived during the coronavirus pandemic.
McKean and his children had been playing football in the shallows behind the house when one of them kicked the ball into the water, said David McKean, Ms. McKean and the boy’s father.
“The bay is protected, with wind and water much quieter than in greater Chesapeake,” he wrote in a Facebook post. “They climbed into the canoe, only intended to take the ball, and were somehow pushed by the wind or tide into an open bay.”
One resident was concerned to see two people in a canoe “floating in the bay” and called 911 from the dock at the Columbia Beach community at 4:30 p.m. according to the Anne Arundel Regional Fire Department.
“After the last appearance, they were not seen again,” wrote Mr. McKean.
Ships, diving teams and helicopters from various law enforcement agencies began searching the bay, authorities said.
According to the Coast Guard, there were waves of two to three feet and winds of 29 miles per hour in the bay when the mother and child disappeared from Shady Side, Md., South of Annapolis.
Governor Larry Hogan of Maryland called the disappearance “sad news.” He said that he had talked to Ms. Townsend on Friday morning.
“On behalf of the people of Maryland, I express our most sincere sympathies and prayers to him and his entire family during this difficult time,” he said.
Ms. McKean is the executive director of the University of Georgetown Global Health Initiative. He is also a Peace Corps volunteer and serves on the Brady Campaign council and human rights organization Robert F. Kennedy, Townsend said.
“Our Maeve has dedicated her life to helping the most vulnerable people,” he said. Maeve and David McKean have three children: Gideon, Gabriella and Toby.
“Gideon, like his mother, is a star athlete who loves soccer, golf and running,” said Ms. Townsend. “He is looking for his parents in the most extraordinary way.”
Mr. McKean described Gideon as a loving boy who could spend hours reading and loving sports.
“I used to admire him when he was a toddler and worried that he was too perfect to live in this world,” wrote Mr. McKean. “It seems to me now that he is.”
“Maeve is 40 years old in November,” he added, “and she is my everything.”
The loss aroused another misfortune that had befallen a famous family, known for producing presidents, senators and other Democratic leaders. In August, Saoirse Kennedy Hill, 22, a grandson of Robert F. Kennedy, died after an overdose in a family complex in Hyannis Port, Mass.
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