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Authorities find body of Gideon McKean after five-day search

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Posted at 3:54 PM, Apr 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-08 18:19:24-04

After a five-day search that involved aviation and underwater imaging sonar technology, authorities have found Gideon McKean.

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

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

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The Maryland Natural Resources Police was assisted by Charles County Dive Rescue and Anne Arundel County Fire Department.

Statement from Kathleen Kennedy Townsend:

"On behalf our family, I want to share our heartfelt gratitude to Governor Hogan, Secretary Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio, and the team of more than 50 professionals from the Department of Natural Resources, Anne Arundel, Charles County, and the State Police, who spent these last days searching for our fierce and loving Maeve and Gideon. They have helped us bring some closure to this terrible loss, and our family will always be grateful for their tireless work."