(Bloomberg News) John McAfee, founder of the popular anti-virus software maker, is wanted for questioning in the murder investigation of a U.S. citizen in Belize, according to the National Security Ministry.
McAfee, who founded the Santa Clara, California-based McAfee Inc. in 1989, is considered "a person of interest" in the murder case of U.S. citizen Gregory Viant Faull, said Raphael Martinez, a press officer for Belize's National Security Ministry. Faull, 52, was found dead in his San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, home on Nov. 11, with an apparent bullet wound in the back of his head, according to the police.
"At this point it is very early in the investigation," Martinez said in a phone interview yesterday.
Martinez said that a suspect in the murder has been detained and that McAfee hasn't been located. A laptop computer and iPhone were missing from Faull's home, he said.
McAfee, a yoga enthusiast an author of books on the topic, relocated to Belize in 2008 after his $100 million fortune was reduced to $4 million after a series of failed investments in property, real estate and bonds at Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc., according to a 2009 article in the New York Times. Intel Corp. agreed to buy McAfee Inc. for $7.68 billion, at the time its largest acquisition, in 2010.
McAfee spokeswoman Tracy Ross said the company doesn't comment on former employees and that he "retired from McAfee in 1994, and has not had any affiliation with the company since then," in an e-mail response to requests for comment.
Since arriving in Belize, McAfee, 67, made headlines in May when his beachfront home was raided by the Central American nation's police on suspicion of drug production. McAfee said the raid was government orchestrated and that his dog was killed during the operation, according to an interview with newspaper the Belize Reporter.
"I love Belize," he said in the video interview after the raid. "I have no intention of giving up on Belize in any way what so ever."