A murder investigation is under way into the death of a man in Carrickfergus, Co Antrim.

Glen Quinn, who was in his forties, was discovered in Ashleigh Park in the Woodburn area of the town on Saturday night.

Two men and a woman who had been arrested in connection with his death have been rearrested on suspicion of murder and remain in police custody.

The two detained men are aged 38 and 39 while the woman is 47.

Forensic examinations and further investigations are currently ongoing.

Detective Superintendent Jason Murphy said he was aware of speculation about the involvement of the South East Antrim UDA.

South East Antrim UDA, a rogue faction of the paramilitary organisation, has been responsible for several murders in recent years.

Det Supt Murphy said the investigation is at a "very early stage" but the potential for the murder to be linked with loyalist paramilitaries will form part of the investigation. 

"Rumour and speculation within the community is likely to be unhelpful as we seek to establish the circumstances surrounding this man's death," he added.

Ulster Unionist Assembly member John Stewart said: "His death is a tragedy.

"Everyone I spoke to refers to the victim as a lovely and kind-hearted person, someone who was not involved in anything that should lead to this.

"The family no doubt want answers as quickly as possible and hopefully the police will be able to provide information and I would appeal for anyone with information to come forward."

Mid and East Antrim Borough Council councillors said Mr Quinn only moved into the area recently.

The DUP's Billy Ashe said: "It is a decent area and people are upset.

"Anyone living close to it has been inconvenienced by it over the weekend, by the police cordon, and they are concerned that something like this could happen so close to them."