BELIZE CITY -- Police urged software company founder John McAfee on Tuesday to come in for questioning and help solve the killing of his neighbor on the Caribbean island where they lived.
But McAfee, the creator of the antivirus program of the same name, told the Associated Press in an email that he was not planning to turn himself in.
"Suspect or no, I believe the government wants me out of the way. Too many people have died in custody in this country so I intend to do nothing that puts me in their custody," said the message from an email account that McAfee had previously identified as his. He gave no indication of his whereabouts.
McAfee, 67, has been identified as a "person of interest" in the killing of 52-year-old Gregory Viant Faull, whose body was found Sunday.
McAfee, the inventor of antivirus software of the same name, reportedly told Wired magazine Monday that he had nothing to do with the death, but feared police would kill him if they found him. He said he hid in the sand when he saw police coming to his house Sunday and put a cardboard box over his head to breathe.
"We want to encourage him to come in," Raphael Martinez, spokesman for Belize's Ministry of National Security, told the AP on Tuesday. "If he feels threatened, we need to tell him, 'Get someone to go along with you, but come in. Let's solve this crime and you can free yourself.' "
Faull was found with a gunshot wound to his head inside his two-story home north of San Pedro, on Ambergris Caye.