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Fugitive McAfee reportedly held on Belize border

AFP-JIJI

Antivirus software pioneer John McAfee, wanted by authorities in Belize for his neighbor’s murder, has been captured after weeks on the run, his blog said Saturday.

“We have received an unconfirmed report that John McAfee has been captured at the border of Belize and Mexico,” said his official blog, whoismcafee.com.

The website, which McAfee launched to counter what he sees as erroneous claims by the media or authorities about him, said it will provide more information as it becomes available.

Police say they simply want to question the 67-year-old about the murder of fellow American Gregory Faull, a Florida native who was found dead last month in a pool of blood at his home on the Caribbean island of Ambergris Caye. Faull, 52, was shot in the back of the head, according to a police report. There were no signs of a break-in, and a laptop and cellphone were missing.

In Belize, a source at the U.S. Embassy speaking privately said people close to McAfee, in the town of Carmelita, in the San Pedro area, had denied that he was captured. A police spokesman, meanwhile, said he had no information on a possible arrest.

In his first on-camera interview since going on the run from Belize authorities, McAfee told CNN on Friday: “I will certainly not turn myself in, and I will certainly not quit fighting. It hasn’t been a lot of fun. I miss my prior life. Much of it has been deprivation — no baths, poor food.”

The Internet security guru only agreed to the CNN interview after a series of cloak-and-dagger steps that involved middlemen, telephone calls with different numbers and a meeting at a safe house that required a secret phrase and response, according to the television network.

McAfee said he is so fearful that he carries up to a dozen disposable cellphones at a time, and estimates he has gone through 200 of the devices since fleeing nearly a month ago.

McAfee claims someone poisoned four of his dogs, and that he shot each in the head to put them out of their misery. On his blog, McAfee said that another one of his dogs was poisoned while police raided his home. The dogs’ barking and aggressive behavior are said to have been a cause of friction between McAfee and Faull.