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Cops find body of RFK’s missing great-grandson Gideon, 8, six days after he vanished kayaking

BREAKING NEWS: Cops find body of RFK’s missing great-grandson Gideon, 8, six days after he vanished on a kayaking trip with his mother

  • Gideon McKean was found deceased in 25 feet of water and 2.3 miles south of his grandmother’s residence in Shady Side, Maryland 
  • Gideon was found Wednesday, about 2,000 feet from where his mother, Maeve Kennedy Townsend McKean, was discovered Monday
  • They went missing Thursday and it’s believed their canoe was overturned by strong winds 
  • The family had gone to the house ‘hoping to give our kids more space than we have at home in DC to run around’ amid the coronavirus lockdowns

Police have found the body of Robert F. Kennedy’s missing great-grandson, six day after he went missing while kayaking with his mother. 

Gideon McKean and his mother Maeve went to fetch a ball from Chesapeake Bay last week and vanished for days.

His body was recovered by searchers in Maryland around 1.40pm Wednesday. 

‘The Maryland Natural Resources Police Underwater Operations Team recovered Gideon deceased in 25 feet of water and 2.3 miles south of his grandmother’s residence in Shady Side, Md. where the canoe was launched,’ cops said in a statement.

‘Gideon was located about 2,000 feet from where his mother, Maeve Kennedy Townsend McKean, was located.’ 

Robert F. Kennedy’s great-grandson, Gideon (pictured with his mother, Maeve), was pulled from the Chesapeake Bay on Wednesday afternoon

Gideon McKean and his mother Maeve went to fetch a ball from Chesapeake Bay last week and vanished for days

Gideon McKean and his mother Maeve went to fetch a ball from Chesapeake Bay last week and vanished for days

The Maryland Natural Resources Police, along with allied agencies, were actively searching and the pair were presumed dead

The Maryland Natural Resources Police, along with allied agencies, were actively searching and the pair were presumed dead

Maeve McKean’s mother, former Maryland Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, is the eldest daughter of the late Robert F. Kennedy and niece of the late President John F. Kennedy. 

They are survived by husband and father David McKean, as well as young children Gabriella and Toby.

David said the family had gone to the house ‘hoping to give our kids more space than we have at home in DC to run around’ amid the coronavirus lockdowns.

Half an hour after getting into the boat, an onlooker from land  saw them far out from shore, and called the police as they struggled to return. But after that last sighting, they were not seen again. 

On Thursday night authorities had overturned a canoe matching the one used by the pair. It’s believed the boat was overtaken by strong winds. 

David confirmed on Thursday that his wife, Maeve Kennedy Townsend McKean, and son Gideon Joseph Kennedy McKean (center right) were missing

David confirmed on Thursday that his wife, Maeve Kennedy Townsend McKean, and son Gideon Joseph Kennedy McKean (center right) were missing

The US Coast Guard stopped searching for the mother and son on Saturday but Maryland Natural Resources Police Underwater Operations continued. 

Kathleen’s brother, Robert F Kennedy Jr, posted on Instagram: ‘Tonight, the Coast Guard informed our family that It has terminated rescue operations. The search for remains continues. Rest In Peace Maeve and Gideon.’ 

Kathleen herself said in a statement Friday night: ‘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 mother’s body was recovered around 5.30pm on Monday. 

Maeve, a public health and human rights lawyer, was found about 2.5 miles south of the Shady Side, Maryland home of her mother.

Gideon was presumed dead alongside his mother. 

THE KENNEDY CURSE: TRAGEDIES THAT ROCKED AMERICA’S MOST FAMOUS FAMILY 

November 1963: President John F. Kennedy is assassinated in Dallas, Texas at the age of 46

June 1968: Senator Robert F. Kennedy – who was campaigning to be the Democratic nominee in that year’s Presidential Election – is assassinated in Los Angeles at the age of 42

April 1984: Robert F. Kennedy’s son, David Kennedy, dies of a drug overdose age 28

Curse: Senator Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated in  Los Angeles at the age of 42

Curse: Senator Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated in  Los Angeles at the age of 42

December 1997: Robert F. Kennedy’s son, Michael Kennedy, dies in a skiing accident age 39

July 1999: President John F. Kennedy’s son, John F. Kennedy Jr, dies in a plane crash alongside his wife Carolyn Bessette in a plane crash at the age of 38

September 2011: Senator Edward Kennedy’s daughter, Kara Kennedy, dies of a heart attack age 51

May 2012: The wife of Robert F. Kennedy’s son, Robert F. Kennedy Jr, commits suicide at the age of 52

August 2019: Robert F. Kennedy’s granddaughter, Saoirse Kennedy Hill , dies of a drug overdose age 22 

Camelot: President John F. Kennedy's son, John F. Kennedy Jr. and his wife Carolyn, died in a plane crash in 1999

Camelot: President John F. Kennedy’s son, John F. Kennedy Jr. and his wife Carolyn, died in a plane crash in 1999

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