A location manager for “Narcos” was found shot to death after scouting out a rural part of Mexico to film the Netflix series’ next season.
Carlos Muñoz Portal, 37, was killed Monday night while checking out possible filming locations for the show, which has chronicled the stories of real-life drug king pins in Colombia. The series will next focus on Mexico’s nortorious cartels.
Portal was found in his car with multiple gunshot wounds, but it is unclear where on his body or how many, according to Deadline.
Netflix confirmed Portal’s death to the Daily News.
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“We are aware of the passing of Carlos Muñoz Portal, a well-respected location scout, and send our condolences to his family,” a statement to The News read.
The network added that circumstances surrounding the death remain unclear.
The car was found on an unnamed dirt road in San Bartolo Actopan — which is part of the Temascalapa municipality — about 400 miles south of the U.S. border in Laredo.
The area is widely known to be plagued with drug-related killings as it borders the stage of Hidalgo.
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In July, the Los Angeles Times reported that homicides due to Mexico’s drug war had spiked to record levels. More than 2,000 homicide investigations were opened in June 2017 — which is an increase of 40% from the year prior, and an 80% increase since 2015.
Portal had worked in the entertainment industry as a locations manager for more than 10 years, including jobs on “Apocalypto” and “Specter,” which was filmed in Zocalo, Mexico.
An investigation into his death is ongoing.
Claudio Barrera, a spokesperson for the Attorney General of the State of Mexico, offered only speculation as to what happened to Portal since there are no known witnesses to his death, according to local reports.
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Barrera suggested that whoever shot him may have thought he was collecting intel and followed him.
Univision reports that Portal’s last Instagram post was shared Sunday of a field in his hometown of Puebla, Mexico.
A friend of Portal’s, who was pictured with him in an image on Facebook, shared a post suggesting that the truth behind the death may never be known.
“We will not know if it is an isolated incident of violence or has to do with organized crime and the content of the program will probably never know,” the post read.
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Portal’s pal Geornimo Denti said colleagues are planning to dedicate all projects filmed on Sunday to the friend that they lost.
Denti said he hoped it would give Carlos’ death some dignity.
El País de España reported that it was unclear if Portal was going to or from Hidalgo — which has the highest murder rate in Mexico.
The first three seasons of “Narcos” were primarily filmed in Colombia, with scenes also having been shot in Panama and the United States.
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