Tiger King: Authorities seek new leads in unsolved disappearance of Carole Baskin's husband

Sheriff credits Netflix show with sparking new interest in the case

Clémence Michallon
Tuesday 31 March 2020 08:15 BST
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Authorities in Florida are making a fresh appeal for help in the unsolved disappearance of Jack Donald Lewis, the husband of Tiger King’​s Carole Baskin.

Following the extreme popularity of the Netflix show, Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister shared an appeal on Twitter on Monday.

“Since @Netflix and #Covid19 #Quarantine has made #TigerKing​ all the rage, I figured it was a good time to ask for new leads,” the sheriff wrote.

He attached an image reminding members of the public that millionaire Lewis was last seen on 18 August 1997.

Those with potential leads in the case are asked to call +1 813 247 8200.

Baskin and her organisation are both featured in the hit Netflix documentary Tiger King, which has captivated viewers since its release on 20 March.

Lewis was married to Baskin when they founded Big Cat Rescue in Florida.

Baskin has denied allegations that she was involved in Lewis’s disappearance. She has never been charged in relation to the case.

The controversial true-crime show predominantly follows the life of big cat breeder Joseph Maldonado-Passage, known as Joe Exotic. He was convicted in April 2019 of trying to hire someone to murder Baskin as well as several animal-based charges, and is currently serving a 22-year sentence.

Tiger King is streaming on Netflix now.

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