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A K-9 handler said that the cadaver dogs involved in the search for Brian Laundrie at Florida's Carlton Reserve should have been able to detect Laundrie's remains that were discovered on Wednesday.

Experts say that cadaver dogs are able to usually detect human scent quickly but it was hard to detect Brian Laundrie's remains because parts of the reserve were under water. Above, a makeshift memorial dedicated to missing woman Gabby Petito is located near City Hall on September 20 in North Port, Florida. © Photo by Octavio Jones/Getty Images Experts say that cadaver dogs are able to usually detect human scent quickly but it was hard to detect Brian Laundrie's remains because parts of the reserve were under water. Above, a makeshift memorial dedicated to missing woman Gabby Petito is located near City Hall on September 20 in North Port, Florida.

Kyle Heyen, a former police officer who is also the founder of Detector Dogs International, said on Wednesday that cadaver dogs are able to detect scents through water and wouldn't normally miss it.

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The FBI on Thursday confirmed that the remains found belonged to Laundrie, Gabby Petito's fiancée, based on dental records that matched those of the 23-year-old.

Laundrie was a person of interest in the murder of Petito whose body was found in Wyoming on September 19.

Heyen said that if the body was there for the entire period of the search, the cadaver dogs should have been able to detect it because they quickly pick up human scent.

"If the body had been there when they went by with cadaver dogs, and the body had been there for more than two or three minutes, the odor would have come through the water," Heyen said on Dan Abrams Live, according to News Nation Now. "They should have been able to locate that body."

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Heyen said he used actual human parts to train cadaver dogs, according to the outlet. He thinks that if the dogs were trained well then "they should have smelled the odor of the human."

"It's highly suspicious. If the body was there at that time, x weeks ago, and if it's the same dog and the same quality of dog or same quality of training, they should have found him. They would have detected Laundrie's body," Heyen said.

But Michael Hadsell, president of the Peace River K9 Search and Rescue, said that cadaver dogs are unable to detect a human odor in certain circumstances, the New York Post reported. According to the Post, while Hadsell was not a part of the search for Laundrie's remains, he had been a part of other searches in the Carlton Reserve's Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park, where Laundrie's remains were found.

"The problem is people don't understand that dogs are not body finders, they are odor hunters," said Hadsell, according to the Post."They chase the odor of human remains, and the problem is that there are times when odor is not making the best presentation.

Hadsell said the dogs couldn't detect the scent of decaying human remains because some parts of the reserve were underwater.

"In this case, the search conditions that they were in initially were really bad, so the probability was more in the 20 percent success rate because there was water in that area."

However, Handsell said the cadaver dogs used in the search will be able to sniff other remains now that those parts are dry.

Laundrie disappeared a few days before Petito's remains were found after he allegedly went for a hike and never returned.

The couple were together on a months-long cross-country trip before Petito was reported missing on September 11. The police said that Petito died of strangulation by another human.

The 23-year-old Laundrie's disappearance prompted a large-scale manhunt that involved his parents Chris and Roberta who told law enforcement about the areas that he usually visited.

The Laundrie family found a backpack and a notepad that belonged to their son on the same day that his body was discovered.

Newsweek contacted Hadsell and Heyen for comments but didn't hear back in time for publication.

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