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

September 28, 2010 |  7:30 pm

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