murder, but he is wanted for questioning as a person of interest.
One man in Belize who knows McAfee well told Reuters he believed the American's troubles began when he turned down requests for donations to the ruling United Democratic Party (UDP) to help fund its successful re-election bid in March.
He rejected them because he doesn't believe in participating in politics, said the man, who spoke on condition of anonymity, calling McAfee an honorable person.
McAfee said earlier this year he had refused to donate to the UDP, which could not immediately be reached for comment.
The Belize police department has reached out to counterparts in neighboring Mexico and Guatemala, asking them to detain McAfee if he leaves Belize overland.
McAfee was one of Silicon Valley's first entrepreneurs to amass a fortune by building a business off the Internet.
The former Lockheed systems consultant started McAfee Associates in 1989, initially distributing anti-virus software as shareware on Internet bulletin boards.
He took the company public in 1992 and left two years later following accusations that he had hyped the arrival of a virus known as Michelangelo, which turned out to be a dud, to scare computer users into buying his company's products.
McAfee currently has no relationship with the software company, which has since been sold to Intel Corp.