Two weeks before the fish were discovered, a man named Ray Bolanos reported 40 pounds of missing halibut from a cooler he'd checked with the airline on a flight from Anchorage to Seattle. Brenee Davis, general manager for Continental Airlines in Anchorage, suspects the fish found in the airport was Bolanos' missing catch. Davis said baggage handlers discovered the rotten fish under the conveyor belt days after they first smelled it. Upon discovery, the airline employees promptly disposed of the fish. Davis says that Bolanos' cooler probably wasn't properly secured.