Sheriff releases IDs of dead in Ariz. plane crash

PRESCOTT, Ariz. (AP) — Authorities say the victims in a fiery plane crash this week near the northern Arizona town of Paulden were two couples.

The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Department says the medical examiner tentatively identified the dead in Friday’s crash as 57-year-old James Parrish and his 54-year-old wife Lisa of Terrell, Texas, and 65-year-old Mikeapa Hughes and his 63-year-old wife Joy, who have homes in Paulden and Aurora, Colo.

Sheriff’s spokesman Dwight D’Evelyn said Saturday that relatives have been notified but positive identifications will probably take weeks using DNA and dental records.

The department says that the twin-engine Cessna 340, which was owned by James Parrish, was flying from Bullhead City, Ariz., when it went down west of Paulden. No one survived.

The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the cause.

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