Location scout for Narcos is fatally shot in Mexico

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  • Carlos Muñoz Portal, 37, was shot dead in dangerous central Mexico on Monday
  • Experienced location scout was working on fourth season of Netflix's Narcos
  • Body found riddled with bullets in car, no arrests as police seek leads in case

By Keith Griffith For Dailymail.com

Published: 16:22 EDT, 16 September 2017 | Updated: 19:17 EDT, 16 September 2017

A location scout for the Netflix series Narcos has been fatally shot in Mexico while working on the show's fourth season.

Carlos Muñoz Portal, 37, was found dead on Monday in a violent region in central Mexico, his body riddled with bullets inside his car after an apparent chase over back country roads. 

Local authorities told El Pais that they had no suspects in the case due to the lack of witnesses.

A friend of the deceased told the Spanish-language newspaper that Muñoz was out taking photographs when he was shot, and speculated that an unfamiliar man with a camera may have spooked locals in the crime-ridden area.

Carlos Muñoz Portal (left) was found dead on Monday in a violent region in central Mexico
Carlos Muñoz Portal (left) was found dead on Monday in a violent region in central Mexico

Carlos Muñoz Portal (left) was found dead on Monday in a violent region in central Mexico

Muñoz, 37, had worked in film for over a decade, on productions including Man On Fire, Apocalypto, and the James Bond film Spectre
Muñoz, 37, had worked in film for over a decade, on productions including Man On Fire, Apocalypto, and the James Bond film Spectre

Muñoz, 37, had worked in film for over a decade, on productions including Man On Fire, Apocalypto, and the James Bond film Spectre

Muñoz's car was discovered on unnamed dirt road in the community of San Bartolo Actopan, in the municipality of Temascalapa near the border with Hidalgo, the Mexican state with the highest homicide rate.

Police said the car appeared to have been involved in some kind of chase, but they were uncertain whether the chase began in Hidalgo or the State of Mexico, where the car was found.

Netflix issued the following statement: 'We are aware of the passing of Carlos Muñoz Portal, a well-respected location scout, and send our condolences to his family.'

Muñoz's car was discovered on unnamed dirt road in the community of San Bartolo Actopan, in the municipality of Temascalapa near the border with Hidalgo
Muñoz's car was discovered on unnamed dirt road in the community of San Bartolo Actopan, in the municipality of Temascalapa near the border with Hidalgo

Muñoz's car was discovered on unnamed dirt road in the community of San Bartolo Actopan, in the municipality of Temascalapa near the border with Hidalgo

'The facts surrounding his death are still unknown as authorities continue to investigate,' the statement continued. 

Muñoz, a Mexican national, had worked as a film location scout since 2003.

Among the many productions he assisted on were Man On Fire, Apocalypto, and the James Bond movie Spectre.

Narcos is a crime drama set in Colombia which tells the story of drug kingpin Pablo Escobar.  

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