Antivirus pioneer, John McAfee, main person of interest in San Pedro Murder
It is by any stretch a huge story tonight which the international media has been following aggressively all day. It involves John McAfee, the US founder of McAfee anti-virus software, who has made Belize his home for years. McAfee’s house in Carmelita, Orange Walk, you will recall was raided by the GSU in May, but now McAfee is being sought for questioning for a far more serious charge. He is considered a person of interest in the murder of a US national in San Pedro. Only last Thursday, McAfee made a sizeable donation of equipment to the San Pedro Police formation, but tonight the generous contributor, is a prime suspect, wanted for questioning. News Five’s Jose Sanchez reports.
“The sea and the sand are the reasons why tourists come to the island of San Pedro, Ambergris Caye. However, the atmosphere seems little affected by the tragedy that occurred over the weekend. Behind me and those idyllic coconut trees inside that home; Gregory Faull, the fifty-two year old Florida native, was shot once to the back of his head. His caretaker last saw him alive around one a.m. on Saturday morning. Twenty-four hours later, his dead body was found in his living room.”
The shot that killed Faull would not have been heard by anyone because he lived almost six miles away from San Pedro Town. To get to his residence means driving about forty minutes through a muddy dirt road, through an overgrown and bushy obscure path by golf cart. Faull, a contractor by trade, built the house in which he died. Faull lived alone and his killer or killers passed two doors, including a grilled security door prior to reaching inside. However, the police reported that there was no sign of forced entry into the building.
Raphael Martinez, Police Press Officer
“San Pedro Police visited the residence of fifty-two year old U.S. National Gregory Viant Faull of five and three-quarter miles north of San Pedro Town. His housekeeper of Boca del Rio Area, San Pedro, reported that at approximately seven-twenty a.m., she arrived at Mister Faull’s home where she saw him in a motionless state lying in a pool of blood. The police were called and the scene was processed where one nine millimeter expended shell was recovered. The body had an apparent gunshot wound to the back of the head. Mister Faull was transported to the K.H.M.H. where he was pronounced dead at one-twenty-five p.m.”
“We’ve heard that he had been having an ongoing dispute with his neighbor who also made a substantial contribution to the police department on Friday.”
“Well I just spoke with investigating officer and there are several leads that the police are actually following and that of course as you mentioned is one of them. But nothing has been; it has not brought about any tangible conclusions as yet. So the motive has not yet been established.”
“Following the murder of American national Gregory Faull, police in San Pedro have detained one man for his murder. They are also seeking American National, John McAfee, for questioning. McAfee is well known because he is the founder of the antivirus that bears his name. McAfee who has a house in the area has not been seen since this incident.”
A week ago, on Thursday November eight, McAfee donated some equipment including taser guns and batons to the San Pedro Police Department now the department is seeking him as the main person of interest in this murder investigation. McAfee is no stranger to the law and he was arrested in May 2012 at his compound outside Orange Walk town. The raid conducted by the gang suppression unit resulted in the discovery of “ten firearms—seven, twelve gauge pump action shotguns; one twelve gauge single action shotgun; one Taurus nine millimeter pistol and one, nine millimeter CZ pistol were found. Five air rifles with scopes that resembling sniper rifles that use six point two six millimeter slugs were also found. And two hundred and seventy twelve gauge cartridges. Additionally, thirty nine millimeter rounds and twenty point thirty-eight rounds were also taken.” McAfee who had licenses for some of the weapons was not fazed. The Mexican police has been contacted to detain McAfee if he attempts to cross the border of if he is found in Mexico. Meanwhile, Faull’s family from South Florida is reportedly making preparations to retrieve his body and repatriate it back to the US. Reporting for News Five, Jose Sanchez.
Late this evening, a statement by John McAfee hit the internet on wired.com. The author of the article, Joshua Davis, quotes McAfee as saying that he is innocent and that he has been burying himself in the sand with a cardboard box over his head so he could breathe. McAfee tells Davis that, “It was extraordinarily uncomfortable… but they will kill me if they find me.” McAfee alleges in the interview that Faull was mistaken for him and when he heard the shots, he thought they were coming for him. For more information you can go to wired.com