Fugitive software tycoon John McAfee claims he has made it across border into Guatemala

Eccentric millionaire on the run after Belize police said he was wanted for questioning in connection with the killing of his neighbour

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The founder of the software company McAfee who went on the run while wanted in connection with a murder in Belize has claimed to have made it over the border to Guatemala.

Mr McAfee, who has refused to be questioned by Belizean Police because he fears they will kill him, wrote on his blog that he would be meeting with Guatemalan officials.

And he confirmed that his location was given away by Vice magazine, whose journalists are reportedly travelling with him.

He had earlier claimed to have fled Belize using a bizarre ruse involving a body double and a North Korean passport. Mr McAfee claimed in a blog posting he had evaded authorities by staging an elaborate distraction in neighbouring Mexico.

In an email to the Associated Press, Mr McAfee confirmed a posting to his website in which he described, in what appeared to be joking tones, how he mounted the ruse.

“My ‘double,’ carrying on (sic) a North Korean passport under my name, was detained in Mexico for pre-planned misbehaviour,” Mr McAfee wrote in the posting, “but due to indifference on the part of authorities (he) was evicted from the jail and was unable to serve his intended purpose in our exit plan.”

It was a turn typical of the bizarre saga of the eccentric anti-virus company founder, wanted for questioning in connection with the killing of fellow American Gregory Viant Faull, who was shot dead last month at the Belize island where both had homes.

Since then, Mr McAfee has titillated the media with phone calls, emails and blog posts detailing his life on the lam.

A representative of the Faull family said the real issue – the murder of an American who was well-liked by his neighbours on Ambergris Caye – is getting lost.