After weeks on the run, the 67-year-old software pioneer and founder of the McAfee anti-virus company has reportedly been nabbed by authorities at the Belize-Mexico border.
"We have received an unconfirmed report that John McAfee has been captured at the border of Belize and Mexico," his official blog whoismcafee.com said on Saturday.
As AFP notes, McAfee's website had been launched by the tech pioneer to "counter what he sees as erroneous claims by the media or authorities about him." It had previously promised to provide more information about McAfee when "it became available."
However, despite the recent blog post, the Daily Mail reports that McAfee may not be in police custody. Belize national police "confirmed" to the news website on Sunday that the "whereabouts of the multimillionaire software developer are still unknown."
McAfee has been on the lam since Nov. 11, when a neighbor he had allegedly been "quarreling with" was found dead, lying face up in a pool of blood, in San Pedro, Belize. The man's body was found in his own home.
According to a police report, 52-year-old Gregory Faull was shot in the back of the head; his laptop and iPhone were reported missing, but there had reportedly been no evidence that anyone had broken in.
Faull, like McAfee, was an American expatriate living in Belize.
As an earlier report by The Huffington Post notes, Belizian authorities believe that McAfee may be linked to Faull's murder, and police have said that the software mogul is needed for questioning and is a "person of interest" in the case.
McAfee has "disputed any connection to the crime," however, telling the media that he believes police will torture and kill him if he is captured.
"They will kill me if they find me,” he told Wired in an earlier interview.
However, though McAfee has been on the run for weeks, he has been anything but invisible. The New York Times writes,
Asserting his innocence, Mr. McAfee became a multiplatform cyberdissident, with a Twitter account, and a blog at whoismcafee.com with audio links, a comments section, photographs and a stream of invective against the government and the police of Belize. He has done interviews on podcasts, like the “Joe Rogan Experience,” and offered a $25,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of “the person or persons” who killed Mr. Faull. He has turned lamming it into a kind of high-tech performance art.
On his blog, for example, McAfee has described the elaborate steps he has taken to evade capture.
"He has contended...that when the authorities searched his house in the days after the murder, he hovered nearby in preposterous-sounding disguises, including that of a drunk German tourist in a Speedo and 'a distasteful, oversized Hawaiian shirt,'" according to the Times.
McAfee has also described an elaborate disguise that included shoving "a shaved down tampon deep into [his] right nostril." He has allegedly also adopted a number of other personas, including that of a native vendor selling tamales and burritos.
Though McAfee has claimed that he had "no choice but to flee because police and politicians in Belize are corrupt and eager to kill him," some McAfee watchers argue that the man has "grown paranoid and perhaps psychotic after months of experimenting with and consuming MDPV, a psychoactive drug," the Times reports.
McAfee has reportedly been living in Belize for the last four years.