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Indiana man arrested for murdering wife with flower pot shortly after she finished chemo

New York Daily News logo New York Daily News 3/29/2022 Jessica Schladebeck

An Indiana man has been arrested for murdering his wife, a breast cancer survivor who turned up dead in a creek not long after she completed her final round of chemotherapy.

The body of Elizabeth Wilhoite was found partially submerged in about three feet of water in a creek, several miles from the home she shared with her family in Lebanon, according to a statement from the Indiana State Police Department. Authorities made the discovery around 3 a.m. on Saturday, just hours after the 41-year-old mother was reported missing by colleagues when she failed to show up for work on Friday.

Her husband, Andrew Wilhoite, remained behind bars Tuesday in connection with his wife’s slaying. He is being held in the Boone County Jail without bond.

Elizabeth Wilhoite © Provided by New York Daily News Elizabeth Wilhoite

Elizabeth Wilhoite

Andrew Wilhoite is accused of striking Elizabeth in the face with a gallon-sized cement flower pot amid a fight over his alleged affair. From there, he allegedly placed her into “a vehicle and drove to a nearby creek where he dumped her body,” the ISP said.

Elizabeth’s death comes just weeks after she initially filed for separation from her husband, according to court documents filed in Boone County Circuit Court on March 17. The following day, her husband took to social media to celebrate a massive milestone in wife’s battle with breast cancer.

“This lady just finished her last round of chemo today … very proud of you,” he wrote.

Following his arrest, Andrew Wilhoite allegedly confessed to throwing the flower pot at his wife as she charged at him, according to a probable-cause affidavit obtained by WRTV. He added that he “didn’t know what to do” as he watched her fall to the ground, panicked, and put her in his truck.

Andrew Wilhoite © Provided by New York Daily News Andrew Wilhoite

Andrew Wilhoite

Elizabeth’s official cause of death is still pending.

Her longtime friend, Mary Smith, said the loss feels particularly tragic given her battle with cancer.

“She’s fighting to stay alive, to see her kids grow up,” she told the news outlet. To have it end like this, it’s just a tragedy that no one should have to go through. It just shouldn’t be that way.”

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