June 19, 2018

Narcos location scout found dead in Mexico

16 September 2017, 11:05 | Regina Holmes



A location scout for hit Netflix show Narcos was shot dead in Mexico while looking for places to film the programme's fourth season. It's now unclear if Portal's death will affect production or whether the murder will move production back to Columbia. Worldwide news outlet El Pais was the first to report his death, and indicated that the compact vehicle in which Munoz was discovered was "on an unnamed dirt road in the community of San Bartolo Actopan, in the municipality of Temascalapa". That works out to a ratio of 12.2 for every 100,000 inhabitants.

Authorities have not yet released any details about a potential motive or suspects.

"Given the depopulated we have no witnesses", says a spokesman for the Attorney General of the State of Mexico. Munoz reportedly was scouting solo and he was working in an area prone to murders.

"We are aware of the passing of Carlos Muñoz Portal, a well-respected location scout, and send our condolences to his family", a statement from Netflix reads. There are no specifics yet on what happened, but he was last seen heading out to the State of Mexico for some production photographs.

He had worked in the entertainment industry as a locations manager for more than 10 years, including jobs on "Apocalypto" and "Specter", which filmed in Zocalo, Mexico.

"The facts surrounding his death are still unknown as authorities continue to investigate".

Narcos, which has dealt with Columbian cocaine kingpin Pablo Escobar, was going to set season 4 in Mexico and feature the Juarez cartel.

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