Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Boiling Springs (Carlisle) PA USA
Different situation but it might be helpful:
I purchased my Duetto with no title. The car had last been in NY, which at least at the time was not a title state but did this through registration. It had not been registered in 35 years so they had long since purged any record of it. The owner had died and was not married and had no next of kin. He had no estate so no executor. Under PA law those would have been options for me getting me title to the car. I ended up getting all the documentation I could, which was basically the word of his girlfriend, and petitioned a court in PA to have PennDOT issue me a title, which they did. Nothing was contested, I just mailed everything I had to the court and got an order back which I brought to PennDOT.
I can understand that your state DOT and local police will have no legal option but to say sorry, but the title is to a different vehicle. A judge might be able to give them that option.