Carlos Muñoz Portal bullet-riddled body and car were found in a remote area near San Bartolo Actopan in Mexico near the borders of Hidalgo state, which is said to have one of the highest murder rates in Mexico. In July, 182 cases of homicide were reported in the densely populated state.
According to local reports, authorities have had trouble piecing together the circumstances that led to his killing, due to the dearth of a witnesses and no one else is providing information.
Netflix’s season 4 is said to be exploring the origins of Mexico’s infamous Juarez cartel just as season 3 focused on the rise and fall of Colombia’s Cali cartel which as a result, shifted the drug wars to Mexico, as its cartels formed and flourished.
Munoz’s murder raises doubts on whether Netflix will continue with the production in Mexico or move back to Colombia where it began.
The scout worked for Mexico City-based production company Redrum for 10 years and was previously involved in a number of huge films such as Spectre, Fast & Furious, Sicario and Apocalypto.
In a statement, Netflix said that “the facts surrounding his death are still unknown”.
A friend of Portal told Spanish newspaper El Pais that he had driven to the State of Mexico to take some photographs for locations.
Narcos documents the cocaine trade in Columbia during the 80 sand the rise and fall of drug lord Pablo Escobar.
Netflix released 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.”