Jack “Don” Lewis up and vanished like a fart in the wind on the morning of August 18, 1997 the day before a scheduled trip to Costa Rica. The body of the Floridian millionaire was never found, and he was declared legally dead in April of 2002.
It has since been reported that two experts confirmed Don’s will was forged, conveniently leaving behind most of his $5 million estate (including the private Tampa zoo which ultimately would become Big Cat Rescue) to his hardly grieving widower Carole Baskin. Legal ramifications cannot be imposed because it is beyond the statute of limitations has expired.
Now, Lewis’ family has hired an attorney to revisit the investigation, with the family also offering a reward of $100,000 in exchange for information to help solve the case.
Internet sleuths from all corners of the internet are working to solve the two decade old mystery, and a spokesman now repping Don’s family claims a Facebook collective has discovered a new lead that supports Joe Exotic’s theory Don Lewis is buried under the septic system in the animal sanctuary.
According to TMZ, spokesman Jack Smith claims the online research team has obtained the actual receipts (view receipts here) and permit paperwork for the septic tank’s installation. Carole has previously acknowledged two septic tanks on the property—one of which was installed before Don’s disappearance and one long after.
If true, this would indicate that Carole was fudging her timeline, as the events mentioned above sound dubious and incriminating. We’ll find out soon enough because the group claims it will turn over the findings to the police in an effort to finally crack the case open.
Carole, you hear that? Those are the footsteps of justice approaching.