Antivirus software developer McAfee arrives in US

John McAfee arrived at Aurora airport in Guatemala City on Wednesday. He landed in Miami Wednesday night.
John McAfee arrived at Aurora airport in Guatemala City on Wednesday. He landed in Miami Wednesday night.

MIAMI — Antivirus software founder John McAfee arrived in the United States on Wednesday night after being deported from Guatemala, where he had sought to evade police questioning in the killing of a man in neighboring Belize.

The American Airlines commercial jet carrying McAfee landed in Miami shortly before 7 p.m. Wednesday, said Miami International Airport spokesman Greg Chin.

A short time later, a posting on McAfee’s website announced that he was at a hotel in Miami’s upscale South Beach neighborhood. He said he arrived via taxi after a group of customs or immigration agents escorted him to an airport taxi stand. McAfee has frequently communicated through the website.


‘‘I have no phone, no money, no contact information,’’ the post says. Reached by telephone at the hotel, McAfee told a reporter that he couldn’t talk because he was waiting for a call from his girlfriend.

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Other passengers on the flight told the Associated Press that the 67-year-old was escorted off the aircraft before others were allowed to disembark.

‘‘They asked us to please stay seated and said, ‘Mr. John McAfee, come to the front,’ and he did,’’ said Maria Claridge, a 36-year-old photographer from Fort Lauderdale. ‘‘He walked very peacefully, chin up. He didn’t seem stressed.’’

Claridge said she did not see what happened to McAfee after he left the aircraft. She said he appeared to be traveling alone.

An FBI spokesman in Miami, James Marshall, said in an e-mail that the agency is not involved with McAfee’s return to the United States.


Authorities from US Customs and Border Protection, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the US Marshals office, and the US attorney’s office did not immediately respond to questions about whether McAfee would be questioned or detained in the United States. They said there was no active arrest warrant for McAfee that would justify taking him into custody.

The British-born McAfee’s 20-year-old Belizean girlfriend, Samantha Vanegas, who has accompanied him since he went on the run, was not with him on the ride to the Guatemala airport, though she later showed up at the terminal.

‘‘I’m free. I’m going to America,’’ McAfee said before boarding the plane.

McAfee said Sunday that he wanted to return to the United States and ‘‘settle down to whatever normal life’’ he can.

His expulsion from Guatemala marked the last chapter in a strange, monthlong odyssey to avoid police questioning about the November killing of American expatriate Gregory Viant Faull, who lived a couple of houses down from McAfee’s compound on Ambergris Caye, off Belize’s Caribbean coast.


McAfee acknowledges that his dogs were bothersome and that Faull had complained about them days before some of the dogs were poisoned, but denies killing Faull.

Belizean authorities have urged him to show up for questioning, but have not lodged any formal charges against him. McAfee has said he feared he would be killed if he turned himself in to Belizean authorities.