Sunday morning, a housekeeper on a small island in Belize discovered her American employer dead in his beachfront home, lying face up in a pool of blood.
As the Belize Police Department began interviewing neighbors of the victim, 52-year-old Gregory Faull, they noticed his next-door neighbor wasn’t home. John McAfee, the founder of the anti-virus software company that bears his name, has not been seen or heard from since, police told The Times on Monday.
But McAfee did contact someone: Wired magazine contributing editor Joshua Davis, who had spent months looking into reported friction between McAfee and the Belize government. Davis flew to the Caribbean nation over the summer to interview the eclectic techie, who retired there in 2008.
Davis is now live-tweeting quotes and details from his emails and phone conversations with McAfee, who has repeatedly contacted Davis since Monday morning. The former CEO told Davis he was innocent but afraid of what the police would do to him if he were caught. (The police consider McAfee a “person of interest.”)