Body of Robert F. Kennedy's Granddaughter Found 4 Days After She Went Missing with Son in Canoe Accident

The preliminary investigation “revealed that the pair may have been paddling the canoe from a residence … out into the bay to retrieve a ball and were unable to paddle back to shore,” Maryland’s Department of Natural Resources police said in a previous statement.

On Friday, David wrote in an emotional Facebook post that “it is clear that Maeve and Gideon have passed away.”

In a heartfelt tribute to each, the mourning father said that Gideon was a “deeply compassionate” boy and “incredibly social, athletic, and courageous.”

He called Maeve his “everything,” adding, “she was my best friend and my soulmate.”

“I am terrified by the idea that this will fade over time,” wrote David. “You could hear Maeve’s laugh a block away—and she laughed a lot. 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.”

David and Maeve shared two more children, Gabriella, 7, and Toby, 2 1/2.

Maeve is the daughter of Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, who was Maryland’s lieutenant governor from 1995 to 2003. She is one of slain Sen. RFK’s granddaughters and a great-niece of former President John F. Kennedy.

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