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Tracks believed to be those of missing real estate broker

September 29, 2010 |  5:52 pm

Rescue teams Wednesday found tracks believed to be those of a prominent Los Angeles real estate broker who has been missing since last week after going hiking in Joshua Tree National Park. Ed Rosenthal

The rescuers followed the tracks into a rugged area of the Little San Bernardino Mountains but as of 5 p.m. had not found Ed Rosenthal, 64, park officials said.

The tracks provided "clear indications of Rosenthal's presence" in the area several miles south of the original search zone, said Joe Zarki, a park spokesman.

Rosenthal was last seen Friday near Big Rock campground after he told people he was going on a day hike.

Rosenthal helped close last week's transaction involving the historic Clifton's Brookdale cafeteria on Broadway in downtown Los Angeles. He has been involved in high-profile deals involving such historic structures  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.

About 40 rescuers, along with a helicopter, were concentrating their efforts in an area marked by deep ravines and rocky ridges between Black Rock Canyon and Desert Hot Springs, Zarki said.

Rescuers were planning to continue searching Thursday.

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

-- Robert J. Lopez

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