MEXICO CITY (AP) - Police in the Central American nation of Belize said Monday that they are looking for the founder of the software company McAfee Inc. to question him about the slaying of another U.S. citizen, his neighbor in an island town on the Caribbean.
John McAfee lived next door to 52-year-old Gregory Viant Faull, who was found with a gunshot wound to his head inside his two-story home north of San Pedro, a town on the island of Ambergris Caye, said Raphael Martinez, spokesman for Belize’s Ministry of National Security. The housekeeper discovered the body Sunday morning and called police.
“It’s too early in the investigation. To say he is a suspect would be a bold statement,” Martinez told The Associated Press.
Police officers went to McAfee’s home on the island but he had not been there, the spokesman said.
The case was the latest twist in McAfee’s recent life as an eccentric yoga lover. He sold his stake in the anti-virus software company in the early 1990s and moved to Belize about three years ago to lower his taxes.
He told The New York Times in 2009 that he had lost all but $4 million of his $100 million fortune in the U.S. financial crisis and that he was moving to Belize.
Last April, Belize police raided McAfee’s home looking for drugs and guns. McAfee said officers found guns, which he said were legal, and he was released without charge after being detained for a few hours.
“He was starting to enjoy his retirement,” said a real estate agent.
Other residents said McAfee seemed standoffish and not friendly.
“His physical appearance doesn’t really inspire you to go over and make friends with him. He’s a little scruffy looking,” said another real estate agent, Bob Hamilton.