Carole Baskin from ‘Tiger King’ is refusing to talk about her missing husband, according to a detective.


Carole Baskin of ‘Tiger King’ won’t talk about her husband’s disappearance, according to the detective.

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) —

(AP) — A Florida detective investigating Carole Baskin’s second husband’s disappearance said Thursday that the “Tiger King” star had turned down interviews three times and that the investigation was still ongoing.


The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office in Tampa, Florida’s Moises Garcia, held a press conference to provide an update on the investigation into Don Lewis’ disappearance.

Following the March 2020 release of “Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem, and Madness,” a Netflix documentary series that became a huge hit during the pandemic, the case was reopened.

Lewis was a millionaire from Tampa who vanished in 1997, leaving Baskin to care for dozens of big cats at their sanctuary.

The series sparked speculation about Lewis’ disappearance, with some speculating that he was buried in a septic tank on the sanctuary’s property or that he was living in Costa Rica.

According to the detective, he and his team had conducted 50 interviews and followed up on 200 leads.

Garcia refused to comment when asked about the Costa Rica rumor, but he did say that federal agents had followed up on leads in the Central American country.

Obtaining a search warrant for the animal sanctuary to investigate the septic tank rumor would necessitate probable cause, which would require either evidence or a witness who could testify to that effect, he said.

Apart from Baskin, Kenny Farr, a former sanctuary handyman, “didn’t interview with us,” according to the detective.

When a family member goes missing, it’s unusual for a spouse or relative to refuse to cooperate, and Baskin is a person of interest, though others are as well, according to Garcia.

Garcia has been referred to Baskin’s attorney, she said in an email to The Associated Press on Thursday.

She stated that after Lewis’ disappearance, she did everything she could to assist detectives, including conducting interviews, maintaining correspondence, and having unrestricted access to the Big Cat Rescue property.

“I don’t know anything that isn’t in the Sheriff’s files or in the diary I’ve published at,” Baskin said.

“And there’s no way I’ll have a better memory or anything to say twenty-four years later.”

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