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They would have to prove that they have done every thing they can to serve you personally and have been literally unable to locate you. Once they have served you by publication they will have to file notice of that service with the court.
You need to continue to check the court file for service. The file is public record and would be available at any time. Just checking the file does nothing to get service on you. I agree with doing nothing until service is obtained.
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