TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A detective in Florida investigating the disappearance of Carole Baskin’s second husband said Thursday that the “Tiger King” star had three times refused requests for interviews, and that the probe was ongoing.

Cpl. Moises Garcia of the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office in Tampa held a news conference to provide an update on the investigation into Don Lewis’ disappearance. The case was reopened following the March 2020 release of “Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness,” a NetflixThe pandemic was a success for documentary series.

Lewis was a Tampa millionaire and vanished in 1997. Baskin left behind dozens big cats and Baskin at Baskin’s sanctuary for animals. The series launched rumors about how Lewis disappeared, including conjecture that he was buried in a septic tank on the sanctuary’s property or living in Costa Rica.

He stated that he conducted 50 interviews, and had followed up on 200 leads with his investigators.

Garcia declined to answer questions about the Costa Rica rumor. However, he stated that federal agents had compiled leads for the Central American country. To obtain a warrant to search the sanctuary for animals to investigate the septic tank story, probable cause would be required. This could include evidence that something occurred on the property, or testimony from a witness.

Besides Baskin, a former handyman at the sanctuary, Kenny Farr, also “didn’t interview with us,” the detective said.

It’s unusual for a spouse or relative to refuse to cooperate when a family member goes missing, and Baskin is a person of interest, though others are too, Garcia said.

Baskin recently sued Netflix and a production company to try to prevent the use of interviews and footage involving her in the “Tiger King” sequel, which was released Wednesday. Netflix countered that Baskin and her husband agreed in writing that the material could be used in the future and that she is trying to block the company’s First Amendment right to free speech.

Garcia said he is confident Lewis’ disappearance will be solved.

“If you ask a homicide detective if he can solve a case, and he says no, you should take away his badge,” he said.

Source: HuffPost.com.

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