Authorities called off the search for two members of the Kennedy family who disappeared from a family gathering in the Chesapeake Bay.
The search for Maeve Kennedy Townsend McKean, 40, and her son Gideon Joseph Kennedy McKean, 8, turned "from rescue to recovery" just over a day after they took a canoe to recover a ball kicked into the water.
McKean is the granddaughter of former US Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy and daughter of former Maryland lieutenant governor Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, who said in a reported statement that her daughter "devoted her life to helping society's most vulnerable."
The search for two members of the Kennedy family who disappeared from a family gathering in the Chesapeake Bay was called off Friday night as relatives started to publicly mourn the missing mother and son.
Maeve Kennedy Townsend McKean, 40, and her eight-year-old son Gideon Joseph Kennedy McKean went missing near a Maryland family home on Thursday evening after children playing at the house kicked a ball into nearby water and his wife and son "popped into a canoe to chase it down," McKean's husband David told The Washington Post.
"They just got farther out than they could handle, and couldn't get back in," he told the Post.
The pair were reported missing around 4:49 p.m. Thursday near Annapolis, according to CBS Baltimore. Authorities fielded reports that two people were seen struggling "to return to shore in a canoe and weren't seen again," the outlet reported.
Around 7:00 p.m. Friday night, a canoe matching the description of the missing one was recovered.
Coast Guard authorities said in a statement on Friday that they had decided to suspend the "difficult case."
"This was a difficult case, and even more difficult to make the decision to suspend the search," said Commander Matthew Fine, according to CBS Baltimore. "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."
McKean is the daughter of former Maryland lieutenant governor Kathleen Kennedy Townsend and the granddaughter of former US Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy. She is the executive director of the Georgetown University Global Health Initiative.
McKean and her husband David have three other children.
Kennedy Townsend, whose home from which the two disappeared, said in a reported statement that by Friday night, the search had turned "from rescue to recovery." The call came just over 24 hours after
The statement also noted that her daughter "devoted her life to helping society's most vulnerable" through her work in the Peace Corps, public health, and human rights.
"We love you Maeve. We love you Gideon," Rep. Joe Kennedy III of Massachusetts, wrote on Twitter. "Our family has lost two of the brightest lights. Grateful for the prayers. Hold your loved ones tight."
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said Friday that he had spoken to Kennedy Townsend, to whom he "expressed our heartfelt sympathies."
"On behalf of the people of Maryland I expressed our heartfelt sympathies and prayers during this difficult time," Hogan said, according to the Associated Press.
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