Searchers in the high desert found Edward Rosenthal, 64, a prominent Los Angeles-area real estate broker, alive but dehydrated on Thursday after spending six days lost in the Joshua Tree National Park.
The news elated his wife Nicole who had been bracing for the worst.
“It was like this miracle,” she said. “My husband, my husband. They found my husband.”
Rosenthal set off on a day hike last Friday in Joshua Tree just like he had done before, according to his wife. She said it was his favorite place to hike.
A two-day hike turned into a six-day hike, and Nicole called authorities.
Rosenthal told authorities he traveled 20 miles on the first day of his hike – sometimes in circles. He ended up closer to Desert Hot Springs than his parked car.
He said he decided to stay put in hopes that someone would find him.
Six days later, some of which was without food or water, rescue crews found him seven miles south of Black Rock Canyon where he started his journey.
“He wrote on his hat things he’d never told me,” his wife said. “His pallbearers, and what people to he wanted to be at his memorial.”
“I had to pick him up and put him in the helicopter,” said Bob Stine and his helicopter pilot spotted Rosenthal Thursday morning. “He couldn’t walk at all.”
Rosenthal was taken to Hi-Desert Hospital nearby.
“He’s a very lucky man,” said Dr. Daniel Injo. “He did not look like he had gone through what he did.”
“Our story ended well,” his wife said. “It could have gone a different way.”