Location scout for the Netflix ‘Narcos’ television series is murdered in Mexico

Sep 18, 2017 | 4 comments

A location manager working for the Netflix series Narcos has been killed while searching for places to film when the show moves from Colombia to Mexico for its fourth season.

The crime scene in Mexico.

Carlos Muñoz Portal, 37, had worked for many years finding locations for U.S. film and television productions working in Mexico.

Netflix has confirmed Muñoz’s death. “We are aware of the death of Carlos Muñoz Portal, a respected location manager, and offer our condolences to his relatives. The facts are still unknown as authorities continue to investigate what happened,” its statement said.

The Narcos series is about the rise and fall of Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar. Its fourth season will reportedly focus on the Juárez drug cartel in Mexico. Among other things series highlights the high murder rates of Colombia and Mexico.

Muñoz had worked on films such as Man on Fire, Mel Gibson’s Apocalypto and the fourth film of the Fast and Furious franchise.

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There are fears in the Mexican film and television industry that planned productions could now be moved from the country after the killing of Muñoz.

A friend of Muñoz said that on Monday he drove to the location to take some photographs for Netflix. The circumstances that led to his death are still unknown, but Muñoz’s body was found hours later in his compact car. He had been shot several times.

His car was found on an unnamed dirt road in the community of San Bartolomé Actopan, in the municipality of Temascalapa. The site is in the northeast of Mexico DF state, close to the border with Hidalgo.

Mexico DF, the most populous state in the country, also has the most homicides. In July, 182 people were murdered in the state. A spokesman for the attorney general of Mexico state said due to the remote location “we have no witnesses”.

Muñoz’s friend, who asked not to be named, said seeing an unfamiliar person with a camera may have been frightened locals due to the insecurity of the region. “Maybe they thought he was collecting information and they started tracking him in a car,” he told El Pais.

A police spokesman said: “We do not know if he was in Hidalgo and from there they followed him or if he was in the state of Mexico and tried to flee towards Hidalgo.”
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Credit: The Guardian, www.theguardian.com

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