Previously, McAfee's own blog, whoismcafee.com, had reported his detention, but the News confirmed with Belize police that McAfee is not in their custody.
McAfee went on the lam following the death of his neighbor, American Gregory Viant Faull, on Nov. 11. Faull, who had quarreled with McAfee in the past, was found fatally shot in the head. Since his death, McAfee has pleaded his innocence and claims that if captured, Belize police will kill him.
Law enforcement has said publicly that they only want to question McAfee about Faull's death. Belize's president, Dean Barrow, told the media that he and the country's justice system are dumbfounded as to why McAfee thinks he's in danger.
“I don’t want to be unkind to the gentleman, but I believe he is extremely paranoid, even bonkers,” Barrow told
the Associated Press.
American reporters were able to locate McAfee this past week. The 67-year-old was interviewed by CNN and the New York Times. In what's become typical for the clandestine fugitive, reporters had to use code phrases and responses to gain access to McAfee.
McAfee is well known in Belize for his libertine lifestyle. Neighbors and police claim the former millionaire used drugs and alcohol and kept the company of extremely young women. In a raid on his home, authorities found McAfee with a 17-year-old girl.
McAfee says that raid started his conflict with law enforcement, who believed he was cooking methamphetamine. McAfee denies any involvement with that drug or the murder of Faull.