My client's company bought their (restaurant) business from the previous owners after it shut down over two years ago, and recently hired us for some 'light' marketing help.
They never got ownership of the old website, which is now severely outdated (prices, menu, hours) and causing customer complaints. Old owners don't have the info about the hosting anymore. Tried searching for whois on ICANN and US (it's a .us domain) and several other registries to no avail.
I'd like to kill it if it can't be claimed in some way, but I don't know if either is even possible - it could be pre-payed for years to come... Do these folks have any options other than for us to set up a new website and route all of their Google etc through the new site and hope that eventually the old site's SEO rank drops enough to not be a problem?