Search operations shifted focus today after clear indications of Culver City resident Edward Rosenthal’s presence were discovered in a location south of the original search area. Foot prints believed to be Rosenthals were followed off-trail into a rugged region of the Little San Bernardino Mountains.
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. Ground teams also searched from the park's south boundary north today.
A total of 40 personnel were tasked to the search including ground and equestrian teams, search dogs, trackers, and a helicopter crew. Search teams and support staff from Joshua Tree National Park, Joshua Tree Search and Rescue, and the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Office continued their efforts on the Rosenthal incident. They were joined by newly arrived teams were from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office Sierra Madre Search & Rescue, Riverside County Sheriff's Office Search & Rescue, and search personnel from the Orange County Sheriff's Office.
Incident commanders are planning a full day of search activity for tomorrow concentrating on the area where Rosenthal’s tracks appear 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.