Hire a Realtor to help you. Have the Realtor contact a title rep. with whom they have a relationship. The title company should be able to get you a title report. The report should give you information on who owns the property. If it is owned by a lender in your area, you may want to the lender's office and talk to them directly. If they don't have an office in your area, google their foreclosure dept. and ask them for help.