John Malik

Jack "Don" Lewis's Van Was Found at Pilot Country Airport

The scene appeared staged to many observers.
Jack "Don" Lewis's Van Was Found at Pilot Country Airport
Baskin reported him as missing three days after his disappearance. This already might appear strange: many people try to file missing persons reports within 24 hours of a friend or loved one going missing. Some of the only hard evidence was Don's abandoned white van, found with the keys still in it. The van was found parked outside a private airport. According to reports, this piece of evidence "followed Baskin’s story that he had told her he was heading to Costa Rica, and that was the last time she spoke to him." As Baskin told a local news crew at the time of his disappearance: “He said to be sure and get the Costa Rica truck ready, cause he was leaving early, early, early in the morning for Miami.” And yet, much about the scene seemed staged. If he really had flown to Costa Rica, why would he have left the keys in the parked van? What's more, all of the planes that Don owned were too small to fly nonstop from where he left his car to Costa Rica. And there was no record of any flights to Costa Rica that day. John Marsciano, one of the lead detectives on the case, told the "Tiger King" documentary crew that he doesn't believe that Don left the van and flew to Costa Rica. “There’s nothing at all to indicate that Don left his van there and got in a plane, and crashed it somewhere," he said.
John believes this point based on
I watched the documentary
Tiger King: Who is Carole Baskin’s first husband Jack ‘Don’ Lewis and when did he disappear? by Tilly Pearce, Metro Newspaper, March 19 2020.