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L.A. real estate broker missing in Joshua Tree National Park

September 27, 2010 |  5:01 pm

Authorities Monday afternoon were searching for prominent Los Angeles real estate broker Ed Rosenthal, who was reported missing in Joshua Tree National Park.

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 Big 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.

"There's not a lot of water out there. So he would have just had what he took with him," Zarki said.

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