Restaurant CEO dies in Arizona helicopter crash

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Posted: Jul 02, 2012 10:53 PM

CAMP VERDE, Ariz. (AP) — The president and chief executive of a Phoenix-area restaurant group died in a helicopter crash over the weekend in Arizona.

The corporate office of Arriba Mexican Grill restaurants confirmed Monday that Raymond Perry, 70, was among four people on the private helicopter that crashed in a river.

The Yavapai County Sheriff's office says the crash likely took place Saturday during a flight from Sedona to Scottsdale. The wreckage was discovered Sunday by a private pilot south of Camp Verde, about 86 miles north of Phoenix.

Authorities say Perry owned the helicopter. Searchers also recovered the bodies of Karen Stinn, 68, of Cave Creek, and Mike Dunaway, 63, and Linda Dunaway, 64, of Glendale.

National Transportation Safety Board investigators were combing through the wreckage Monday to determine what caused the crash.

The Arizona Republic said Perry was piloting the plane and had more than 50 years of experience.

Arizona Corporation Commission records list Perry as a corporate officer or shareholder in about 30 Arizona bar, restaurant, catering, real-estate and other businesses.

Arriba, which opened its first location in 1995, is a family-owned chain of New Mexican-style restaurants with locations in Phoenix, Goodyear, Glendale, Scottsdale, Gilbert and Ahwatukee.

Corporation Commission records show Perry also was part-owner of FuNuGyz, a bar in Peoria.