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McAfee captured - report

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Washington - Anti-virus software pioneer John McAfee, wanted by authorities in Belize for his neighbour murder, has been captured after weeks on the run, his blog said on Saturday.

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This photo taken November 13, 2012 in Washington, DC shows a facebook page belonging to John McAfee(pictured). McAfee, founder of the eponymous anti-virus company, is on the run for killing another US citizen in a resort town, Belizean police said Monday. Police raided McAfee's mansion on Ambergris Caye, an island off the northeastern coast of Belize, late Sunday to question him about the murder of American Gregory Faull. But McAfee was nowhere to be found, said the head of the country's anti-organized crime brigade, Marco Vidal. Vidal told reporters that McAfee was wanted "for homicide."But McAfee told the US magazine Wired that he was in fact hiding on the property at the time, burying himself in the sand with a cardboard box over his head in order to breathe. "It was extraordinarily uncomfortable," he said. "But they will kill me if they find me." Asked about the shooting of his neighbor, McAfee said he knew "nothing" other than he had shot. The anti-virus pioneer even said he was worried that Faull's killers had actually been looking for him. AFP PHOTO / Karen BLEIER

“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.

The website, which McAfee launched to counter what he sees as erroneous claims by the media or authorities about him, said it would provide more information as it became 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 at his home last month in a pool of blood 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 cell phone were missing.

McAfee has said he fears for his life and was fleeing authorities with whom he has been at odds ever since refusing to make a donation to a local politician's campaign.

In Belize, a source at the US 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. - Sapa-AFP

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