This is such awful news.
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 car were found in a remote area near the borders of the Hidalgo state of Mexico, according to reports.
The location scout, who has a great deal of productions to his name including Fast & Furious and Apocalypto, was working on finding shooting locations for season four when he was killed, though no witnesses have come forward to describe exactly what happened to him.
According to local reports from Mexico, even though Hidalgo has one of the highest murder rates in Mexico due to the prevalence of drug cartels there — with 182 killings in July alone — authorities are having trouble figuring out who is to blame and why.
More broadly, though, Narcos was reportedly set to focus season four on Mexico’s infamous Juarez cartel — and the fact that Munoz Portal was killed in that area and found “bullet-riddled” in his car may speak for itself as far as who’s responsible for the violence.
Locals are mourning Carlos’ death (below):
En parajes #Edomex, Carlos Muñoz Portal (37), buscaba locaciones para serie @NarcosNetflix . Fue encontrado muerto, por balas, en automóvil pic.twitter.com/Dbn6brJp1w
— Julio Astillero (@julioastillero) September 16, 2017
No word yet on what Netflix will do after this murder, but they have released a statement about it, as well (below);
“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.”
Our condolence, too, go to Carlos’ family, friends, and loved ones.
This is so, so sad.
[Image via Netflix.]