IT'S MINE AGAIN! YIPPPEEEEE!
What a nightmare! After almost 2 weeks of pleading, the county sheriff or CHP to come do a vehicle verification, they obliged. Then, DMV needed to contact Sacramento and order micro-film (another week) and today it's all sorted out. New plate, new title.
They did not charge me any late fees on registration and agreed that none of this was my fault. Crazy huh? Still, I the amount of time this has taken has been increadible. Oh well, the trailer is now up for sale and I really hope it finds a good home. I don't have a truck anymore and don't have time that it needs, so it's time to pass it along.
Thanks for the feedback everyone!