Body of Maeve Kennedy Townsend recovered from water in Chesapeake Bay
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Body of Maeve Kennedy Townsend recovered from water in Chesapeake Bay

THE BODY of Maeve Kennedy Townsend has been recovered from the waters at Chepasake Bay after she and her young son were reported missing last week.

Ms Kennedy Townsend, who is the granddaughter of the late Robert F Kennedy, had entered the water in a canoe with her eight-year-old son in order to recover a ball, but the pair were spotted drifting out into the bay and had not been seen since.

Charles County Dive and Rescue have reportedly recovered the 40-year-old's body from the water approximately 4km south of where she and her son originally launched the dinghy from her mother's residence in Shady Side, Maryland.

Her son, Gideon McKean, remains missing. The Maryland Natural Resources Police have confirmed the operation to search for the eight-year-old is continuing.

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David McKean, Maeve Kennedy Townsend Mckean and family (Photo by Mike Pont/Getty Images for Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights)

Ms Kennedy Townsend is the daughter of former Maryland lieutenant governer Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, who last week confirmed that the search for her daughter and grandson was a recovery mission rather than a rescue mission.

She said:

"With profound sadness, I share the news that the search for my beloved daughter Maeve and grandson Gideon has turned from rescue to recovery.”

The search for her daughter and grandson began on Thursday, 2 April, after the Natural Resources Police were alerted to a report of two people experiencing difficulties in a canoe in the Chesapeake Bay.

That evening, a canoe believed to be the one the mother and son had been using was found overturned in the water.

The search for Gideon continues today.

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