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Daughter of former Maryland Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend’s death ruled accidental

The death of the daughter of former Maryland Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend and David Lee Townsend was an accident, officials said.

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner said Thursday it ruled that Maeve Kennedy Townsend McKean, 40, drowned in the Chesepeake Bay. An autopsy for her 8-year-old son, Gideon Joseph Kennedy McKean, is still pending.

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Authorities found Maeve and Gideon McKean’s bodies earlier this week, submerged in 25 feet of water about 2½ miles from the former lieutenant governor’s Anne Arundel County residence in Shady Side, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Police said.

Maeve McKean, 40, and son were last seen April 3 about 10 miles south of Annapolis near Herring Bay. Authorities said the pair’s canoe was found overturned around 7 p.m. Friday, east of Rockhold Creek in Deale.

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The two were playing kickball on Townsend’s waterfront property when one of them kicked the ball into a cove. While trying to retrieve it in a canoe, they “somehow got pushed by wind or tide into the open bay,” McKean’s husband wrote in Facebook post.

The search for Maeve and Gideon McKean spanned five days and involved aviation and underwater imaging.

Maeve McKean was the granddaughter of Robert F. Kennedy, the former U.S. attorney general and New York senator, and the grandniece of former president John F. Kennedy.

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