Carole Baskin’s startling declare that her long-assumed-dead ex-husband Don Lewis was truly discovered alive is information to the Florida sheriff’s workplace nonetheless actively on the lookout for him.
The “Tiger King” star claimed in a now-viral UK TV interview that her ex “is alive and properly in Costa Rica.”
Nevertheless, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Workplace, which is in command of the hunt, nonetheless has an open lacking individual case for Lewis, even after he was legally declared lifeless in 2002.
Jack Don Lewis continues to be listed as a “lacking endangered grownup” who on Aug. 18, 1997 “left his households [sic] residence and has not been seen or heard from since.”
The sheriff’s workplace confirmed to TMZ that it had not heard any information of his obvious materializing, stressing that his case remained a precedence.
The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Workplace nonetheless has an open lacking individual case for Lewis.Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Of
It additionally mentioned it had not heard something on the contrary from the Dept. of Homeland Safety (DHS), regardless of Baskin’s explosive TV declare that the division had been in contact together with her ex and shared that information with Hillsborough County officers.
The division was unable to right away affirm that to The Publish early Thursday. The Publish has additionally reached out to the sheriff’s workplace.
In an announcement to The Publish Wednesday in regards to the resurfaced clip, Baskin admitted she was unaware of the alleged revelation till the sequel sequence was broadcast in November 2021.
On the time, the lead detective on the Lewis case, Cpl. Moises Garcia, informed the Tampa Bay Instances that the case was nonetheless open — regardless of the obvious letter produced by the DHS.
“We proceed to push exhausting on this case. … We nonetheless have some avenues. Not every week goes by that we don’t have our hand on this case,” he mentioned.
The investigator informed the outlet that the DHS had just lately “assisted” the Sheriff’s Workplace by “working down leads in Costa Rica” however he didn’t affirm any stories that Lewis was discovered “alive and properly.”
Carole Baskin confirmed to The Publish this week that she believes Lewis was discovered alive.Mirrorpix / MEGA
In the meantime, an lawyer for Joe Unique — Baskin’s nemesis who has lengthy accused her of feeding her ex to tigers at her Massive Cat Rescue — additionally trashed the declare that Lewis was alive and properly.
“He isn’t alive,” John Phillips acknowledged on Fb whereas sharing The Publish’s story of Baskin’s claims.
“The 2021 report by Carole Baskin was additional unsupported allegation. It’s being republished as if it has veracity. It doesn’t,” mentioned the lawyer for Unique, who’s serving a 21-year sentence for hiring a hitman to take out his rival.
“The story of the Tiger King is crammed with lies, arrange and misdirection,” he wrote of the imprisoned viral star, actual identify Joseph Maldonado-Passage.
Lawyer for Joe Unique, who’s serving 21 years for hiring a hitman to kill Baskin, maintained that Lewis “is just not alive.”AP
The lawyer claimed Baskin’s 2021 declare — which she additionally shared on her web site — was “false and designed to convey extra consideration to Carole Baskin.”
Unique additionally shared the assertion of his Fb web page — in addition to a rap music accusing Baskin of feeding Lewis to her huge cats.
Joe Unique has lengthy steered this his rival fed her ex to her huge cats.
Lewis was legally declared lifeless in 2002.
The sheriiff’s workplace continues to be on the lookout for Lewis, regardless of Baskin’s declare that he was discovered alive in Costa Rica.
Lewis was 59 when he went lacking, and would now be 84. He’s listed in his lacking individual file as being 5-foot-10 and 170 kilos when he went lacking from his Tampa house. His ex has since remarried, having wed Howard Baskin in 2004.
Neither the DHS nor Netflix responded to The Publish’s requests for remark.
Extra reporting by Nika Shakhnazarova