Body of Maeve Kennedy Townsend McKean recovered following canoe accident 7 months ago

Body of Maeve Kennedy Townsend McKean recovered following canoe accident

Her eight-year-old son is still missing.

The body of Maeve Kennedy Townsend McKean has been recovered from the waters of Chesapeake Bay in Maryland after she and her eight-year-old son went missing last week.

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Authorities say they will resume searching on Tuesday for her son, eight-year-old Gideon McKean.

McKean was the granddaughter of Robert F. Kennedy, the grandniece of former President John F. Kennedy and daughter of former Maryland lieutenant governor Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, Robert F. Kennedy's eldest child.

She went missing late on Thursday afternoon along with her son when the pair went into waters near the family's home in Shady Side, Maryland.

An initial investigation has found she and her son may have been paddling the canoe out into the bay to retrieve a ball but were unable to return to shore.

"She was my everything. She was my best friend and my soulmate," her husband David McKean said in a lengthy Facebook post on Friday night.

"She was magical - with endless energy that she would put toward inventing games for our children, taking on another project at work or in our community, and spending time with our friends."

He said his wife's presence "somehow allowed you to be a better version of yourself."

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"She was the brightest light I have ever known," he wrote.