Belize police insist McAfee is a “person of interest” in death of US citizen
BELMOPAN, Belize, Thursday November 15, 2012 –The Belize government Wednesday maintained that it was seeking to question John McAfee, the US founder of McAfee anti-virus software, in connection with the death of a United States national in San Pedro.
But McAfee, 67, who is gone into hiding insists that he had no part in the death of 52-year-old Gregory Faull, whose body had been discovered at his home by his housekeeper in a pool of blood on Monday.
Police spokesman Ralph Martinez said that the situation has not changed since Monday, but what I can tell you is that we have at at least three persons in detention in San Pedro and McAfee is still at large.
“We would like to appeal to the Belizean public, if you see something, you know anything, you know his whereabouts, kindly inform the nearest police station”.
Martinez said that the police wanted to bring closure to the murder.
“I am hoping that he is in the country as we think he is and he is with friends or somebody who is there thinking that they are helping him. Please encourage him to come to the police station so that we can get to the bottom of it, answer his questions and let us move on with our lives,” he added.
Martinez said that police had already questioned some people including “the persons who worked with him”.
He maintained that the official position regarding McAfee is that “he is a person of interest and we are seeking him for questioning”.
But McAfee is quoted as saying that he fears for his life and could be killed by the police.
“You can say I’m paranoid about it, but they will kill me. There is no question,” McAfee told Wired.com referring to Belize police.
“They’ve been trying to get me for months. They want to silence me. I am just a thorn in everybody’s side.”
Last week, Faull reportedly filed a complaint with the town council, alleging that McAfee’s dogs were running loose and attacking people and that his security guards were trespassing on other people’s property.
McAfee, who no longer heads the company that bears his name, told Wired.com that his dogs were poisoned to death Friday night.
“This is not something he would ever do,” he said of Faull, adding “I mean, he’s an angry sort of guy but he would never hurt a dog”.
The authorities Wednesday said that a post mortem had been carried out on the body of Faull but the results have not been released. (CMC)