BOONE COUNTY, Ind. — Boone County Vice President Councilwoman Marcia Wilhoite died Sunday afternoon after authorities found her unresponsive in her swimming pool.

The Boone County Sheriff’s Office responded to Wilhoite’s home around 1:52 p.m. Sunday on reports of a possible drowning. Upon arrival, Mrs. Wilhoite was found unresponsive in her swimming pool. She was later pronounced deceased at an area hospital after life-saving measures were performed.

Wilhoite sat on the Boone County Council as a Council Person-at-Large and had served since 2005.

No foul play is suspected at this time, BCSO said. The incident remains under investigation by the BCSO and the Boone County Coroner’s Office.

The Boone County Commissioners and County Council released the following statement:

On behalf of the Boone County Commissioners and County Council, it is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of County Council Vice President Marcia Wilhoite. Our deepest sympathies and prayers go out to her beloved family during this difficult time.Together, let us honor Councilwoman Wilhoite’s memory by continuing the work she started and by cherishing the values she held dear.

Councilwoman Wilhoite’s 18 years of dedicated service to our county leaves an indelible mark, particularly in her immeasurable contribution toward good fiscal governance.  

Beyond her role in the Council, Councilwoman Wilhoite will be greatly missed for her invaluable service as a member and Secretary of the Boone County Redevelopment Commission, her involvement in the Boone County REMC Board of Directors, her contributions to the Boone County Solid Waste Board, her partnership and operation of Wilhoite Family Farms, and her dedication as a member of the 4-H Pavilion Building Committee. As the County Council’s Budget Chair, her financial expertise, honed through her accounting degree from the University of Notre Dame and CPA qualifications, played a pivotal role in our county’s progress.

Councilwoman Wilhoite’s legacy serves as a guiding light for all of us, as we strive to uphold the standards of excellence in public service that she exemplified. Her love for Boone County was evident in all her endeavors, and her profound impact will be felt for generations to come.