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Crews still searching for missing L.A. real estate broker in Joshua Tree National Park

Ed Rosenthal Search crews Tuesday were still looking for a Los Angeles real estate broker who went missing in Joshua Tree National Park last week.

Ed Rosenthal, 64, was last seen Friday near Big Rock camp after he told people that was going hiking.

About 50 rescuers on foot and horseback scoured designated hiking trails in the remote area. They were aided by a helicopter, authorities said.

"It's a big area," park spokesman Joe Zarki said.

Zarki said rescue teams Wednesday would concentrate on searching less-used "informal social trails" in the park.

Rosenthal is a prominent downtown real estate broker who helped close last week's transaction involving the historic Clifton's Brookdale cafeteria on Broadway. He has been involved in high-profile deals involving such historic buildings as the classic Art Deco Eastern Columbia Building at Broadway and 9th Street and the 12-story Art Deco Oviatt Building, which has stood near Olive and 6th streets since the 1920s.

Anyone in the area who might have seen Rosenthal is asked to call the Federal Interagency Communications Center at (909) 383-5652.

Photo: Ed Rosenthal, with clothes similar to those he was wearing Friday. Credit: Rosenthal family

Comments () | Archives (4)

I hope and pray they find him safe, and find him soon.

Is that a recent photo...He looks a little off...He probably shouldn't have been out by himself...

Ed is such a terrific guy, Downtown LA's unofficial Poet Laureate. Genial and humane, he is the antithesis of the public perception of a high-powered broker.

Hang in there Ed, our prayers are with you.

The correct name of the campground is Jumbo Rocks, not Big Rock.


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