A murder investigation has been launched after the death of a former Downham Market man in
Essex.

Sam Garcia, 26, was found at a caravan in Little Burstead in the early hours of Bank Holiday Monday.

Paramedics treated him at the scene, but he died shortly afterwards.

Senior investigating officer DCI Mark Hall, from the Kent and Essex serious crime directorate, said: “At this stage we are investigating the full facts and treating it as a homicide.

“We are looking to speak with anyone who was at the farm on that Sunday night or Monday morning. Equally, we would like to hear from those who have information relating to Sam’s death.”

The former Downham High School pupil had been living in East Ham, London after leaving Norfolk.

A statement from his family described him as a “beloved son, brother, grandson and friend. A hardworking, humorous, loyal and loving man. Loved and missed for ever.”

Four people were arrested at the scene on suspicion of murder.

Two men aged 29 and 30 from the Canning Town area of east London and a 34-year-old-woman from East Ham have been released on bail until July 31 pending further enquiries.

A 69-year-old man from Billericay, Essex, was released without charge.

A post mortem carried has been carried out on Mr Garcia, but police said further tests were required to establish the cause of death. Anyone with information is asked to contact detectives in Brentwood on 101.