John McAfee, the founder of the popular anti-virus software maker, is considered “a person of interest” in the murder of U.S. citizen Gregory Faull and has yet to be located, Belize National Security Ministry spokesman Raphael Martinez said.
The two Americans, whose homes on the Belizean island of Ambergris Caye were separated by a few yards, had “some sort of conflict” which was thought to be linked to McAfee’s dogs, Martinez said in an interview today. Four of McAfee’s dogs were poisoned last weekend, Martinez said, and Faull, a 52-year-old contractor and Florida native, was found dead on Nov. 11, with a bullet wound in the back of his head.
National police are continuing to search for McAfee, who Wired magazine reported is hiding within the Central American nation, citing a phone interview with the former entrepreneur.
“All police precincts across the country have been alerted of the case and are on the look-out for Mr. McAfee,” Martinez said. “Hopefully by now he knows police are looking for him. At this time, the police are asking for him to come in for questioning about the case.”
McAfee, who founded the Santa Clara, California-based McAfee Inc. in 1989, buried himself in the sand with a cardboard box over his head when police arrived at his home on Nov. 11, according to the report by Wired. He remains in hiding because he believes he’ll be killed if he’s taken into custody for questioning, the story said.
Martinez said that two suspects in the murder have been detained and brought in for questioning. A laptop computer and iPhone were missing from Faull’s home, he said. Martinez said he didn’t have contact information for a lawyer for McAfee.
“We urge law enforcement authorities in Belize and internationally to bring those responsible to justice quickly,” Faull’s family said in a statement e-mailed today by Texas-based DPK Public Relations.
McAfee told Wired Magazine that he was innocent and that he was worried that Faull’s killers may have been pursuing him and made a mistake by killing Faull.