“Tiger King” star Carole Baskin has repeatedly refused to speak to a Florida detective investigating the disappearance of her second husband who vanished in 1997, authorities said.
Cpl. Moises Garcia of the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office said Thursday that Baskin turned down three interview requests after the investigation into the disappearance of Don Lewis was reopened following the wildly popular Netflix documentary.
Baskin, who was a Tampa millionaire and left behind dozens of large cats, received the remains of Lewis when he vanished.
“Tiger King” sparked wild rumors and theories into Lewis’ fate. On Wednesday, the sequel was made.
Many speculate that the man may have been buried at the sanctuary in a septic tank, but others think he could have begun a new life in Costa Rica.
Baskin stated to The Associated Press she referred Garcia’s case to her attorney. Baskin also stated that she cooperated completely with the authorities in the initial investigation.
“There is nothing that I know that is not either in the Sheriff’s files or in the diary I have published at SaveTheCats.org,” Baskin told the news service.
“And no way I am going to have a clearer memory, or anything to add, twenty-four years later.”
Baskin herself recently shared her thoughts on the fate of her second husband as a response to Reddit questions.
He died from a crash in the plane over the Gulf of Mexico, she said.
“He wasn’t licensed to fly, yet did all the time. He couldn’t file a flight plan and had to take off from closed airports to evade detection,” Baskin wrote.
“I think this was the most likely scenario.”
• With Post wires