The owner of the life-sized stuffed goat that has served as the unofficial mascot for the Naval Academy Class of 1961 is offering a $500 reward for information that leads Annapolis police to identify a person in a photo and for information leading to the return of the stuffed billy goat.

Dubbed Fearless, the billy goat has stood atop Ron Carlberg's SUV during tailgating before Navy games, and children ask to pet it. But the stuffed animal, bought several years ago by Carlberg's wife, vanished from the back of the couple's car during an Oct. 20 Navy-Indiana game. When the retired Air Force colonel returned to his vehicle, Fearless and a scarf Carlberg gave his wife when they were dating in 1957 were gone. Carlberg said both the mascot and the scarf have sentimental value. He'd locked his car, but forgot to close a window.

On Saturday, at Navy's final home football game, Carlberg expects to blanket the stadium area in Annapolis with flyers, as he has previously done. Annapolis police want to question the person in the photo in connection with the goat, Det. Jon-Paul Hipsky said.

"Even if he would leave the goat at a fire station with a note that says to tell the police to get the goat and I can get the goat back, that would be fine," Carlberg said.

Police are asking anyone with information about the man in the photo to contact Hipsky at 410-268-9000, ext. 7277 or at jphipsky@annapolis.gov. Carlberg said he can be contacted directly at 703-864-2940.

Andrea.siegel@baltsun.com

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