John McAfee, who founded the antivirus software giant named after him, is wanted for questioning by police in Belize who are investigating the murder of a 52-year-old man, CBS reported today.
According to the report, police are searching for the killer of Gregory Viant Faull, an American expat. Gizmodo reported earlier today that McAfee was wanted for the crime, but CBS, quoting Rafael Martinez, spokesman for the Belize National Security Ministry, said it would be incorrect to call McAfee a suspect at this time.
Police in Belize say Faull, a general contractor and restaurant owner from Florida, was shot Saturday night. The men had a history of quarreling.
"Last Wednesday, Gizmodo wrote, "Faull filed a formal complaint against McAfee with the mayor's office, asserting that McAfee had fired off guns and exhibited 'roguish behavior.' Their final disagreement apparently involved dogs."
Gizmodo quoted police in Belize as stating that the 52-year-old Faull was found "lying face up in a pool of blood with an apparent gunshot wound on the upper rear part of his head apparently dead."
Gizmodo also reported that McAfee was thought to be associating with some of Belize's "most notorious gangsters." The San Pedro Sun, a newspaper from the area where Faull lived, reported that officials say Faull's laptop and iPhone were missing.
Faull's wife, Vicki Faull, told CNET this afternoon that she didn't know many details about her husband's death and only was informed of it yesterday morning. Asked about his relationship with McAfee, she said: "I just know that McAfee alienated a lot of people around him. Frankly, I was surprised to hear that he was still living there."
McAfee may have been struggling with the effects of drugs. He had taken to "posting on a drug-focused Russian message board...about his attempts to purify the psychoactive compounds colloquially known as 'bath salts,'" Gizmodo wrote.
"Writing under the name 'stuffmonger,' a handle [McAfee] used on other online message boards, [he] posted more than 200 times over the next nine months about his ongoing quest to purify psychoactive drugs from compounds commercially available over the Internet," Gizmodo reported. "'I'm a huge fan of MDPV,' he wrote. 'I think it's the finest drug ever conceived, not just for the indescribable hypersexuality, but also for the smooth euphoria and mild comedown.'"
This isn't the first time that McAfee has had run-ins with police in Belize. In May, the security software pioneer, who cashed out of the security firm that bears his name many years ago, wasthere but the charges were eventually dropped.
Updated 1:37 p.m. PT to include additional information from CBS that indicates McAfee is not wanted for the killing of Gregory Faull, as Gizmodo previously reported, but is only wanted for questioning at this time.
Correction at 10:58 a.m. PT: This story originally reported that the victim in the shooting was named Gregory Paul.