Authorities in Belize are looking for John McAfee over a murder that was discovered Sunday, but the founder of the anti-virus software that bears his name proclaimed his innocence Tuesday.
McAfee, 67, is the prime suspect in the case and said that he believes he will be killed if he is taken into custody for questioning.
The software pioneer told Wired magazine that he buried himself in the sand and placed a cardboard box over his head to hide from Belize police as they searched his home.
“It was extraordinarily uncomfortable,” he told Wired. “But they will kill me if they find me.”
The murder victim is Gregory Faull, a 52-year-old American who was a neighbor of McAfee on the coastal island of Ambergris Caye.
McAfee, a multi-millionaire, said that he knows “nothing” about the killing. “I thought maybe they were coming for me. They mistook him for me. They got the wrong house,” he said.
He also said that Belize’s Gang Suppression Unit raided his home and claimed he was making methamphetamine and possessing weapons illegally.
Raphael Martinez, a Belize security ministry spokesman, told The Associated Press that McAfee is wanted for questioning.
“If he feels threatened, we need to tell him, ‘Get someone to go along with you, but come in. Let’s solve this crime and you can free yourself,’” Martinez said.
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