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Missing L.A. real estate broker Ed Rosenthal found alive near Joshua Tree [Updated]

September 30, 2010 | 12:39 pm

Prominent Los Angeles real estate broker Ed Rosenthal, who was reported missing in Joshua Tree National Park, has been found alive but in critical condition.

Rosenthal, 64, helped broker last week's transaction involving the sale of historic Clifton's Brookdale cafeteria, a downtown Los Angeles landmark.

Rosenthal was last seen Friday near the park's Black Rock campground, where he told people he was going for a day hike. Rangers were informed Sunday that he had not returned from the outing, said Joe Zarki, a spokesman for the park.

[For the record at 1:05 p.m. Friday: A previous version of this post identified the campground as Big Rock. It is Black Rock.]

According to the Desert Sun in Palm Springs, search crews found Rosenthal on Thursday morning. "He was conscious when the rescuers found him and was talking with them, but he does have some injuries and some exposure issues," Zarki told the paper.

Rosenthal is a longtime fixture among downtown real estate brokers. 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.

-- Robert J. Lopez and Shelby Grad