Missing L.A. Real Estate Broker Found Alive

Real Estate TransactionsReal Estate AgentsEd Rosenthal

YUCCA VALLEY, Calif. ( KTLA) -- A prominent L.A. real estate broker who was missing in Joshua Tree National Park has been found alive.

64-year old Ed Rosenthal was last seen Friday near the park's Black Rock campground, where he told people he was going for a day hike.

According to his wife, Nicole Kaplan, he said he survived nearly six hot days without water in the desolate Joshua Tree National Park by staying still and writing messages on his hat.

The messages included notes on who he wanted as pallbearers at his funeral, instructions for the type of food, music and poetry readings he wanted at his wake, and notes of love for his wife and daughter.

He was flown to a hospital, according to a family friend.

"He was conscious when the rescuers found him and was talking with them, but he does have some injuries and some exposure issues," park spokesman Joe Zarki said.

Rangers were informed Sunday that the Culver City businessman had not returned from the outing.

Rescuers found Rosenthal about 6 to 7 miles south of the original search area, which was a few miles from the campground where he set out for a hike, according to the Palm Springs Desert Sun.

"He's quite a ways from where the primary search area was back on Monday and Tuesday," Zarki said.

"He got into a very deep canyon and was just working his way down."

Zarki said Rosenthal was found in the East Wide Canyon area, which is about 5 to 6 miles east-northeast of Desert Hot Springs and about 2 miles inside the park's southern boundary.

Rescuers had found tracks in the area Wednesday, Zarki said.

"They followed those tracks yesterday to a point where they lost the trail, so they went back this morning," Zarki said.

"They found him not far from there."

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.

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