'Tiger King' star Carole Baskin refuses to talk about missing husband, detective dice

CPL. Moises Garcia of the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office in Tampa held a news conference to provide an update on the investigation into Don Lewis’ desaparición. El caso fue reabierto tras la marcha 2020 release ofRey Tigre: Asesinato, Caos y locura,” a Netflix documentary series that became a huge hit during the pandemic.

Carole Baskin has refused to participate in the investigation into her second husband's disappearance, según la policía.

Carole Baskin has refused to participate in the investigation into her second husband’s disappearance, según la policía. (Araya Doheny/Getty Images for NightFly Entertainment, Ltd.)

Lewis was a Tampa millionaire who vanished in 1997, leaving Baskin with dozens of big cats at their animal sanctuary. The series launched rumors about how Lewis disappeared, including conjecture that he was buried in a septic tank on the sanctuary’s property or living in Costa Rica.

The detective said he and his investigators had conducted 50 interviews and followed up on 200 Guías.


When asked about the Costa Rica rumor, Garcia refused to comment, but he said federal agents had run down leads in the Central American country. Getting a search warrant for the animal sanctuary to follow up on the septic tank rumor would require probable cause, either evidence showing something happened on the property or a witness who could testify to that effect, él dijo.

Besides Baskin, a former handyman at the sanctuary, Kenny Farr, “didn’t interview with us,” the detective said.

Baskin's husband Don Lewis disappeared in 1997.

Baskin’s husband Don Lewis disappeared in 1997. (Frank Ockenfels /ABC via Getty Images)


It’s unusual for a spouse or relative to refuse to cooperate when a family member goes missing, and Baskin is a person of interest, though others are too, Garcia said.

Baskin recently sued Netflix and a production company to try to prevent the use of interviews and footage involving her in the “Rey Tigre” continuación, which was released Wednesday. Netflix countered that Baskin and her husband agreed in writing that the material could be used in the future and that she is trying to block the company’s First Amendment right to free speech.

Lewis' missing person case was reopened by police after "Tiger King" premiered in 2020.

Luis’ missing person case was reopened by police after “Rey Tigre” premiered in 2020. (NetFlix)

Garcia said he is confident Lewisdisappearance will be solved.

If you ask a homicide detective if he can solve a case, and he says no, you should take away his badge,” él dijo.

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