Narcos location scout shot dead in Mexico
A LOCATION scout for hit Netflix show Narcos was shot dead in Mexico while looking for places to film the programme’s fourth season.
Carlos Muñoz Portal, 37, was found dead in his car, his body riddled with bullets, in Temascalapa, a violent region in central Mexico, 37 miles from Mexico City.
Police said they were having difficulty investigating the circumstances of his death, as there was a lack of witnesses due to the area’s sparse population.
Netflix said that the details of what happened were “still unknown”.
Mr Portal is reported to have been killed on Monday, but the news of his death only broke last night.
His car was found parked on an unnamed dirt road in the San Bartolo Actopan area.
Mr Portal was in the area taking photos of places in which Netflix could film Narcos, a critically-acclaimed drama about the drug cartels and violence of Colombia.
The fourth season shifts focus from Colombia to Mexico, centring on the Juarez cartel.
In a statement, Netflix said: “We are aware of the passing of Carlos Muñoz Portal, a well-respected location scout, and send our condolences to his family.
“The facts surrounding his death are still unknown as authorities continue to investigate.”
Mr Portal was from Pueblo, California, and had a distinguished career as a location scout. He worked on the James Bond film Spectre, which begins with a Day of Dead parade in Mexico City.