Celebrity tech fugitive John McAfee is apparently still a free man despite a mysterious report on the blog representing him that he might have been captured trying to leave Belize last Friday.
In another ‘message to the media’ from the blog that has for several weeks represented McAfee’s view of his stand-off with the Belize authorities, spokesperson Brian Fitzgerald claimed to have received an anonymous call saying that “John was picked up crossing the Mexican border” last Friday.
However, sources inside the Belize police later denied this claim in media reports.
"I do not know where he is supposed to have been captured, but he certainly isn't here at San Pedro police station," an officer stationed in the town nearest to McAfee’s Belize home town told The Guardian.
The US embassy also denied knowledge of his capture to AFP.
Wanted for questioning over the murder of a neighbour, Gregory Viant Faull, on 11 November, 67 year old McAfee’s determination to evade capture has become increasingly bizarre.
Last week, McAfee even emerged from hiding to give a short TV interview with CNN in which he said he would not turn himself in to the authorities after complaining of the poor conditions he was enduring.
"It hasn't been a lot of fun. I miss my prior life. Much of it has been deprivation. No baths, poor food," he told his interviewer.
During the interview – the first he has given on camera since going on the run - McAfee once again maintained his innocence of involvement in Faull’s death and claimed the Belize Government wanted to kill him.
He claimed to have used 200 different mobile phones in an effort to stay one step ahead of his alleged pursuers and confirmed that the blog whoismcafee.com to be genuine.
That blog uses the title The Hinterland, which it claims will also be the name of a graphic novel by Chad Essley that will document the “the true story of my unusual friendship with the antivirus king.”
McAfee's claim to fame is the famous antivirus brand he founded and which still bears his name. Now owned by Intel, his involvement with the company ended during the 1990s.