Lemme try and make this easy to follow (sorry)....
Great friends of ours "purchased" a vehicle from their friend. After buying the truck, they discovered there was a lien on the truck. Their friend reassured them that he would get them a clean title. That NEVER happened.
Well, the truck has been in our drive way for almost a year. Our dear friends have subsequently moved outta state. We would like to "buy" the vehicle from the lien holder, but have no clue as to where he is, although we suspect in Utah.