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'Tiger King' Series Sparks Sheriff's To Investigate News Leads Into Missing Multi-Millionaire

By Mike Walters

The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Department is now asking for new leads into the disappearance of Jack 'Don' Lewis after the missing person's case became one of the focuses of the widely popular Netflix series, 'Tiger King.'

Don Lewis is the former husband of one of the show's stars, Carole Baskin, who runs a big cat rescue organization in Florida. The show highlights Baskin, CEO of Big Cat Rescue, including her marriage to the multi-millionaire.

Don Lewis vanished on August 18, 1997, and the investigation into his disappearance was one of the central focuses of the new show. In the Netflix series, the 'Tiger King' Joe Exotic accuses Carole of having something to do with Don's disappearance, including the wild and unproven allegation he somehow was fed to Tigers.

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For the whole background story, you will need to watch the show. But, to be clear, Carole has denied any connection to his disappearance, and has said the show is filled with "lies" and "misinformation."

But, the show's popularity has sparked movement inside the Sheriff's department who investigated the case, and they are now asking the public's help to solve the cold case.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff, Chad Chronister, asked the public Monday if anyone has knowledge of the disappearance of Don Lewis. The department also tweeted about a flyer featuring a picture of the missing millionaire and information of where to send leads.

"Only YOU can help solve the Jack "Don" Lewis Cold Case" the flyer read. Anyone with information is asked to call the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Department at 813-247-8200.

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The Sheriff tweeted, "Since Netflix and #Covid19 #Quarantine has made #TigerKing all the rage, I figured it was a good time to ask for new leads."

Law enforcement has already started receiving tips from avid viewers of the show, but mostly from armchair detectives.

One Twitter user responded to the Sheriff's saying, "They had an argument about divorce 2. Don Lewis feared for his life 3. Don Lewis Disappeared. 4. Don Lewis’s Will got stolen 5. The Will had “disappearance” which is odd. 6. “Sardine Oil.”

Another person pointed cops to Carole's body language during the filming of the show, "Eye Direction. A number of studies talk about the direction of eyes during lies. Typically, when people look up and to the right, they are lying or tapping into their imagination. Carole constantly rolls and shifts her eyes to right, bingo case closed, no further questions."

Carole Baskin Denies Any Involvement, Police Cleared Her In Original Investigation


Again, Carole has denied any involvement in her former husband's disappearance and was CLEARED of any criminal issues by police after completing their original investigation.

Several fans of the show hope the Sheriff's are not taking their eye off of real crime, just because people at home are guessing about the facts in a popular television show.

"I think you are going to get a lot of calls and tips on this but it's going to be a lot of what you already know. There will be people trying to be funny also. Hopefully, you don't have this consume your department so you can protect against crime that is going on right now," one person tweeted.

'Tiger King' was released on March 20 and is the #1 show on the streaming service.

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