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

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

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To have survived one week alone in the desert is nothing short of a miracle.

Best wishes for a speedy recovery Ed. You are one lucky camper amigo. When you get better you ought to try out for "Survivor" because a lot of people had a rough time just getting from their car to their office buildings because of the heat wave earlier this week.

Thank God!

Wow, better outcome than expected!

WOW, ok, that is truly incredible!!!

thank you so much to the rescuers for persevering, and get well, soon, Mr. Rosenthal.

Joshua Tree National Park is one of the best places in the West, please don't let this deter you from visiting it...

Wow, incredible good fortune.

Wonderful news especially considering the heat in SoCal this past week. Hope he recovers.

It's a simple lesson once again. Don't go hiking alone. I've been rock climbing in Joshua Tree and it's quite easy to lose your bearings if you've been walking for a short time. You look up after a minute and it all looks the same. Its the land of the lost. But this one made it out.

yeah...dont worry everyone...i am just going off in the desert by myself in 112 degree heat for a hike...i should be fine...i am only 64....my next trick is climbing the highest mountains without a rope or a guide.

this guy sounds as brilliant at the article makes him out to be..lol

Now Ed, don't ever do that again. Having said that, thank God you made it in one piece. You have restored my faith in miracles.

It was Black Rock campground. There is no Big Rock campground.

When a rich guy is outdoors it is a miracle he survives 6 days. Thousands of homeless live outdoors in LA and no one calls that a miracle. Why not send a rescue team and a few helicopters to Venice and rescue a few more.

Really how hard is it to find your way around in the Desert? If he has no sense of Direction what is he doing out there in the first place? At least he was smart enough to bring water with him. Give me a camelback put me where he started so I can look around for a minute. Then blindfold me and put me where they found him and I’ll find my way back within the day. It’s only 10 miles. Like its hard or something, maybe it's just common sense for me, but it's just the desert that’s all.

The article mentions that Ed is an experienced hiker. I'm just curious to know what his takeaway from the experience will be, i.e. to carry some kind of GPS unit or emergency radio? I was recently camping at Joshua Tree myself and, at least where I was, there was no cell phone signal at all.

Not even chapped lips??? We're supposed to believe he went 6 days without water when he shows no signs of wind or sun burn? Why isn't the meshugana getting billed for all the rescue personnel working overtime to supposedly find his dumb a55? Obviously he was in his hotel room sucking down cold drinks while all these guys were risking their lives looking for this dumb smuck.

Fine him for lying. Bill him for the rescue personnel hours and especially the chopper. Scumbag. Teach him a lesson for making up bull stories and shame on the press for giving him a venue. What is it with Jews?

I cannot help but think that this man's journey is like the real estate market today. You start out on a sunny day for a walk in the park and end up going through hell until you come out on the other side barely clinging to life.


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