The founder of McAfee antivirus, John McAfee, was being sought by Belizean police in the questioning of a murder that was committed Sunday just north of the center of San Pedro on Ambergris Caye. Ambergris is located off the north east coast of Belize and is a Mecca for tourism.
Police from Belize raided McAfee’s home Sunday night looking for the millionaire. They wanted to discuss with him the murder of his neighbor Gregory Faull, a U.S. citizen who lived next door to McAfee.
However, when the police arrived to speak to McAfee he was nowhere to be found. Marco Vidal the head of the country’s anti-organized crime unit said they were looking for McAfee for homicide. McAfee contacted a magazine in the U.S. named Wired and told them he had to go into hiding.
McAfee told the magazine he had buried himself in the sand and then covered his head with a box so as to not be seen but still be able to breathe. He said he would be killed if he were taken into custody by the police.
McAfee’s home was searched a few months ago by police who were looking for methamphetamines and illegal weapons but nothing was found and no charges were filed, even though he was detained for a short period.
The antivirus pioneer said the police were after him because he was not liked by the prime minister and refused to make a campaign contribution to a particular candidate.
Faull was a native of Florida and 52 years of age at the time of his death. He was found lying on his back in his home with a single bullet wound to the back of his neck. The police said it did not appear as though anyone had broken into his home.
Faull and McAfee had a recent falling out over the dogs McAfee has to protect his home and the contingent of security guards he uses to protect him.