Maeve Kennedy Townsend McKean, 40, and her son were on a boat trip to Maryland, America, when they went missing.
Maryland Governor Larry Hogan opened a press conference tonight confirming the sad news, reports WTOP.
Her husband David McKean confirmed the disappearance of his wife and son to the Washington Post.
He told the newspaper that his wife and son “got into a canoe to pursue him.
They just went out further than they could bear and couldn’t get in. “
Maryland Department of Natural Resources police said on Friday that an overturned canoe matching the description of the missing had been recovered from the bay.
A statement said: “At around 7:00 p.m., an overturned canoe, which roughly describes the one the pair was in, was located. “
Police statement from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources sharing Governor Larry Hogan’s spokesperson said police answered a call by two people just before 5:00 pm who “appeared to be overwhelmed by strong winds” in Chesapeake Bay.
“The preliminary investigation found that the pair may have paddled the canoe from a residence in Shady Side, MD in the bay to retrieve a ball and were unable to row to shore,” said the press release.
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Mrs. McKean was the granddaughter of the late Senator Robert F. Kennedy and the grand niece of former US President John F. Kennedy (JFK), and the daughter of former Lieutenant Governor Kathleen Kennedy Townsend.
The tragedy comes just months after the Kennedy family also mourned the death of 22-year-old Saoirse Kennedy Hill, who died of a drug overdose.
The most famous tragedy that struck the Kennedy family was the assassination of President John F. Kennedy – who was shot dead in November 1963 while visiting Dallas, Texas, at just 46 years of age.