1. you can go to the local tax assessors office and ask someone that works there, they should help,but since you are out of state that might not be an option.
2. Call a real estate agent or title company in the area to do the research for you.
3. Search the internet, sometimes tax assessor have a website and publish their data online. If you cant find anything there, then site like propertyshark and homeinfomax may be a solution but i warn you that these are large databases that can sometimes become outdated. Another viable option is Findpropertyowner.com which is a title research website that will conduct this research for you on the spot.
Hope this helps!
The best place to look is in the Property Appraiser's website of the state the property is located, Just look under Real Estate and type in the address. If the home is abandoned it may be going into foreclosure, Go to the local court records website and you will be able to see if the home has any liens on it and if the bank is foreclosing, Hope this was helpful to you.