Monday, November 19, 2012
Software company founder John McAfee, who is being sought by police in Belize for questioning to help solve the killing of his neighbour, has revealed his hiding place — his own home.
The millionaire software mogul claims he has been in his home in Belize all along for the last week — and not on the run as previously believed.
"I am where I am most of the time. I am certainly inside my compound," he said.
Police want to question him as a "person of interest" about the murder of American expatriate Gregory Faull, who was shot dead in the Central American country.
Belize police department spokesman Raphael Martinez told FoxNews.com the local police were aware of the latest claims from McAfee and were investigating.
"That has been passed on to the police in San Pedro," Martinez said. "They are checking it out right now."
Police said McAfee has several buildings on his ocean front compound on Ambergris Caye, a stretch of island just off the Belizean shore dotted with resorts.
McAfee earlier told Wired he hid out while police combed the property, burying himself in sand with a cardboard box over his head to breathe.
He denies killing Gregory Faull whose body was found by his housekeeper in a pool of blood with a gunshot wound to the head.
A dispute between the neighbours apparently involved several dogs that McAfee kept at his beachside villa and that drew complaints from neighbours.
Asked if he knew anything about the murder, he told CNBC, "I had absolutely nothing to do with it and I did know him but just barely. We’d spoken perhaps 50 words in five years."
He said his relationship with the government has "never been good" and believes he’s being targeted by police for this reason. He said he refuses to hand himself to police for fear of being killed.
The Belizean prime minister Dean Barrow expressed doubt about the 67-year-old’s mental state, saying he was "extremely paranoid, even bonkers".