Search suspended for Kathleen Kennedy Townsend’s daughter, grandson

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Published 9:34 a.m. ET April 4, 2020


Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan says that rescuers are searching for two missing boaters – the daughter and grandson of former Maryland Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend – after their canoe was found in Chesapeake Bay. (April 3)

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. — The Coast Guard suspended the search Friday evening for the daughter and grandson of former Maryland Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, according to a press release.

The two went missing while canoeing near Herring Bay, Maryland, Thursday evening, April 2. Gov. Larry Hogan named Maeve McKean, 41, and her son, Gideon Joseph Kennedy McKean, 8, as the missing canoeists during a press conference April 3. 

Maeve McKean is the granddaughter of Robert F. Kennedy and the grandniece of former President John F. Kennedy. 

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Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Sector Maryland-National Capitol Region command center initially received a report from Maryland State Police that two people were seen struggling to return to shore in a canoe near Herring Bay and not seen again by the reporting individual. 

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“This was a difficult case, and even more difficult to make the decision to suspend the search,” said Cmdr. Matthew Fine, deputy sector commander and active search suspension authority at Sector Maryland-National Capitol Region command center. “Our crews and partners did everything they could to find them. We’ve kept the family informed at every step during the search, and our thoughts are with them tonight.”

Coast Guard personnel searched a combined total of 3658 square miles over air, sea, and land over a period of 26 hours. 

Involved in the search were:

  • Coast Guard Cutter Angela McShan 
  • Station Annapolis 
  • Station Oxford
  • Station St. Indigoes
  • Air Station Atlantic City
  • Air Station Elizabeth City
  • Maryland State Police
  • Maryland Natural Resource Police
  • Anne Arundel County Fire Rescue

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