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Search in Joshua Tree National Park Continues For Missing Californian


Footprints believed to be those of Edward Rosenthal, a hiker missing in Joshua Tree National Park since last Friday, were spotted Wednesday. Photo courtesy of the Rosenthal family.

As searchers continued Wednesday to explore the backcountry of Joshua Tree National Park for a missing California hiker, they found tracks believed to be his that headed off trail into a rugged area of the Little San Bernadino Mountains.

Edward Rosenthal, of Culver City, failed to return from a hike near the Black Rock Campground last Friday, although park officials weren't notified of his disappearance until Sunday.

The footprints found Wednesday were in an area south of the original search area, according to a park release. Trackers followed them off trail, but as of 5 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time Wednesday no other sign had been observed.

A San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Office helicopter and ground search teams combed a region several miles south of the original search area finding additional tracks but without finding the missing hiker. For the first time, ground teams were directed to search from the park’s south boundary north into the search area, park officials said.

Incident commanders planned a full day of search activity for Thursday with intentions to concentrate on the area where Mr. Rosenthal’s tracks appeared to be leading. The search area is now focused on an area of deeply cut canyons, ravines, and rocky ridges between Black Rock Canyon and Desert Hot Springs.


So perhaps he headed off the trail to get a view or for some other reason? Amazing how easy it is to get lost. I read a book called "Lost in the Wild" about 2 such occasions in/near the Boundary Waters area of Minnesota (near Voyageurs NP). Interesting read, especially to get sort of an in depth look of how these searches take place and one of the stories is pretty compelling. Incidentally, another hiker got lost in Voyageurs this summer. Luckily he was found - amazing you can be so close to where you were, and yet have no idea how far away you've gone.

Sadly, every time I read stories like this, it re-emphasizes to me the importance of hiking with someone else! I certainly hope this has a good ending.

go josar!

he was found alive!

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