If the father can't be personally served, an experienced server will be able to effect substitute service. Also, a knowledgeable server will keep an accurate record of his service attempts should it be necessary for you to get a court order to publish service in a newspaper, which is a form of substituted service that the court uses as a last resort.
If he's specifically evading service, which he is, the court will entertain a motion to effect substituted service. The court deals with these issues all the time. Eventually service will be accomplished, and it's not going to help him in the eyes of the court that he was avoiding service. That's already a strike against him when he gets into court -- or if he defaults, which is also possible.
Someone knows where he is -- his boss, his brother -- they know where he is. An experienced process server will get him and get him served.
I can look for process servers in your area if you'd like. I know the sheriff is supposed to do a great job but so far he hasn't so I'd suggest using an experienced process server. They are licensed or registered and bonded, and their job is to get service done.
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