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Boone County councilwoman dies after being found unresponsive

LEBANON, Ind. (WISH) — A Boone County councilwoman died in a hospital after being found unresponsive at her home Sunday, investigators say.

At 1:52 p.m. Sunday, Boone County first responders responded to the home of Boone County Vice President Councilwoman Marcia Wilhoite on a possible drowning. After arriving to the location, first responders found Wilhoite unresponsive in her swimming pool.

Life-saving measures were performed, but Wilhoite was pronounced dead at a local hospital.

Investigators say foul play is not suspected. The incident is under investigation by the Boone County Sheriff’s Office and the Boone County Coroner’s Office.

Elise M. Nieshall, President, Boone County Council At-Large, shared the following statement with News 8:

Our hearts are very heavy with the passing of Boone County Council Vice President Marcia Wilhoite. We, in Boone County Government, have had the privilege of working with her and understand the immeasurable contribution toward good fiscal governance that she made during her 18 years of service. She also served as the County Council’s Budget Chair and adeptly contributed her financial knowledge as she had an accounting degree from the University of Norte Dame and was a CPA. 

Councilwoman Wilhoite, in addition, will be greatly missed from her service as a member and Secretary of the Boone County Redevelopment Commission, member of the Boone County REMC Board of Directors, member of the Boone County Solid Waste Board, partner and operator in Wilhoite Family Farms, and member of the 4-H Pavilion Building Committee.

As a county, we seek to honor her legacy by carrying forward the torch of excellence in public service that she exemplified for us all.