Narcos location scout shot dead in Mexico

Posted September 17, 2017

Carlos Muñoz Portal, a location scout for the Netflix series Narcos (screenshot of the show, above) who had been working to find places to shoot for season four, is now dead after his "bullet-riddled body" and vehicle were found in a remote area near the borders of the Hidalgo state of Mexico, according to reports.

The murder has raised doubts on whether the production will continue in Mexico or move back to Colombia where the show was originally shot.

A friend of Muñoz says the film industry veteran drove out to photograph areas for season 4 scouting when he was last seen alive.

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GettyPepe Rapazote, Arturo Castro and Pedro Pascal attend the "Narcos" Season 3 New York Screening at AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 theater on August 21, 2017 in New York City.

The El Pais story continued: "The facts that led to the death of Muñoz Portal are not clear".

The auto was found on an unanemd dirt road in San Bartolo Actopan - which is part of the Temascalapa municipality. This area reportedly has a homicide rate of 12.2 per 100,000 inhabitants, according to the outlet.

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Munoz had previously scouted locations for other productions within Mexico such as the Denzel Washington action film Man On Fire, Mel Gibson's primal thriller Apocaltypo and the most recent James Bond movie Spectre.

"Netflix issued a brief statement saying, "We are aware of the passing of Carlos Munoz Portal, a well-respected scout, and send our condolences to his family".

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