LANCASTER COUNTY, VA. (THECOUNT) — Robert F. Kennedy‘s granddaughter, Maeve Kennedy Townsend McKean and her 8-year-old son, Gideon, have been identified as missing while canoeing in Chesapeake Bay Thursday evening.

Townsend McKean’s husband, David McKean, reported his wife and son missing Thursday after the family went canoeing at their waterfront home near Annapolis, Md.


David McKean told reporters that his children were playing with a ball until it went into the water, and his wife and their son “popped into a canoe to chase it down. They just got farther out than they could handle and couldn’t get back in.”

On Thursday, a concerned citizen called the Coast Guard saying they saw boaters that were “struggling to return to shore in a canoe,” then not seen again. Maryland Department of Natural Resources police told the Post they found an overturned canoe that matched the description given by McKean, reports TheHill.

David McKean told the newspaper the search is still ongoing.

Townsend McKean is the executive director of the Georgetown University Global Health Initiative and the daughter of former Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend. She’s also the granddaughter of the late Sen. Robert F. Kennedy and grandniece of former president John F. Kennedy.


Geo quick facts: Lancaster County is a county located on the Northern Neck in the Commonwealth of Virginia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 11,391. Its county seat is Lancaster – Wikipedia.

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