In July of 2007 a lady friend of my wife's left us a car (1997 4 door sedan). She also left with us a considerable about of here belongings. We had contact with her up until December 2007 by mail only. At that time she was in Lourdes, France. She had given us permission to use the car and access to her post office box. In October 2007 (while we still had mail contact with her) I sent her the title to have her sign the car over to us. She never signed and returned us the title. The insurance lapsed, so I contacted my insurance company and put the car on my insurance with her name and my wife's name for the car.
Since January 2008, we have not heard from her. Since then I have spent nearly $2,500 in repairs to the car while we have been using it.
We have kept up the registration on this car (still in her name) so at what point time can I consider the car abandoned and what do I have to do get a title in our name (mine and my wife's) for this car?