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'Tiger King' Netflix documentary inspires Florida sheriff to ask for tips in unsolved cold case

Posted at 2:01 PM, Mar 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-30 14:01:20-04

(WTXL) — Following the popularity of new Netflix documentary, "Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness," the sheriff of Hillsborough County is once again asking the public for tips on what really happened to the former husband of Carole Baskin, Big Cat Rescue's CEO.

The seven-episode true crime series focuses on big cat owners throughout the country, including in the Sunshine State.

One of the episodes in the series is devoted to the disappearance of Carole Baskin's husband, Jack "Don" Lewis. Baskin has never been charged with any crime and told Tampa Bay Times the Netflix series is full of “unsavory lies."

In a Tweet, Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister wrote, "Since Netflix and COVID-19 quarantine has made Tiger King all the rage, I figured it was a good time to ask for new leads."

The sheriff shared an image showing a photo of Lewis.

Lewis was last seen on August 18, 1997. If he was still alive today, he would be 81 years old.

Anyone with information about Lewis' disappearance is asked to call the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office at 813-247-8200.

Joseph Maldonado-Passage, who goes by "Joe Exotic," was found guilty in trying to hire a hitman to kill Baskin. He also was a main fixture in the Netflix series and was portrayed as one of her biggest rivals.

He was sentenced to 22 years in federal prison.