Corpse dogs – trained to detect human remains – have reportedly detected a scent of remains just yards from the lake house of Carole’s ex-husband Don Lewis in Brandon, Fla., Detective Jim Rathmann told the publication.
He said: “Corpse dogs can detect human remains 20 feet underwater and the fact that we were letting her alert in the same spot was extremely exciting.
“But after 23 years everything in there is covered in mud, do a search, there is no visibility and there are alligators there.
“We’re not going to find a body, but if Don, hypothetically, had gone through a meat grinder, we’re looking for soft bone fragments, clothing, or maybe a tooth.” In the best-case scenario, you find a tooth or a bone that you extract DNA from. ”
The highly trained animal reportedly located a point of contact a few feet from the back of Don’s property, but when detectives and divers searched the area, they found nothing due to poor conditions.
In 1997, millionaire Don Lewis – who was married to Carole – went missing after leaving his home in Tampa, Florida on August 18.
Lewis was pronounced dead in 2002 but his remains have never been found.
Local police reopened the Lewis disappearance case in June after the hit documentary series Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness released on Netflix earlier this year.
In the popular series, Joe Exotic, Baskin’s longtime rival and caretaker of exotic animals, accused Baskin of killing Lewis, a charge she strongly denies.
In August, Lewis’s three daughters held a press conference with lawyer John Phillips where they announced a new search for answers regarding Don’s disappearance.
They also announced a reward of $ 100,000 (£ 76,500) for information about what happened to Lewis.
Four billboards have now been erected around Tampa announcing the cash reward for information about what happened to Lewis.
Denunciations came from groups of cold cases on Facebook, which were described as “promising leads”.
“We’re going to serve (Baskin) with a lawsuit, but not a lawsuit for damages, it’s a lawsuit for fairness,” Phillips revealed at the news event.
This suggests that depositions and subpoenas could eventually appear on Baskin’s cards.
“Typically you announce a $ 150 million lawsuit and how we’re going to get justice and we’re going to get it all done on time,” Phillips added. “But our office wants to invite reason, invite civil conversation where it can take place. ”
Phillips has invited Baskin to join Lewis’ family in finding answers about her fate, but they will take different paths if she chooses not to.
“I will ask once, for courtesy. I will ask once we get together to find the closure of it all, ”the lawyer said. “If it can’t be done, I’m a lawyer, I sue people. We will follow this path as well. ”
He noted, “Make no mistake, if the family’s offer of civility is rejected, if the insults continue, the next step is to deliver justice, for justice is love. ”
They will also be focusing their efforts on getting answers from the old handyman of Don Kenny Farr and Susan A. Bradshaw, who allegedly witnessed Lewis’s will being signed.
Lewis’s daughters raised the money for the award, but recently received a large donation from an anonymous patron.
Lewis’s eldest daughter Donna Pettis said: “An anonymous donor has come forward to guarantee the $ 100,000. We hope that with these funds someone will have the courage to come forward and provide the information needed to resolve this matter. “