Robert F. Kennedy’s granddaughter and her young son go missing on Chesapeake Bayanoe accident

A granddaughter of Robert F. Kennedy and her 8-year-old son are missing. Crews are searching Chesapeake Bay for 40-year-old Maeve Kennedy McKean and her son Gideon, who were last seen in a canoe.


ABC News reports the daughter and grandson of former Maryland Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend are missing after a canoeing accident, the state’s governor confirmed.

Townsend is the eldest daughter of Robert F. Kennedy, who was assassinated in 1968 while running for president, and the niece of President John F. Kennedy, who was assassinated five years earlier in Dallas.

Maeve Kennedy Townsend McKean, Townsend’s daughter, and her 8-year-old son, Gideon, got into a canoe Thursday in the water of Chesapeake Bay off their home in Shady Side, Maryland, “to retrieve a ball and were unable to paddle back to shore,” according to Maryland Natural Resources Police.

A source close to McKean’s family, who is with the family now, said in a statement on behalf of the family: “At this time, our family asks for privacy and that everyone keep Maeve and Gideon in their prayers.”

Maryland State Police, the U.S. Coast Guard and local police and fire departments took part in the search.