Has anyone heard of this happening and if so what was outcome? I'm in idaho and want to take control of a property that's been abandoned for a decade
You'll have to get the deed to the property. Someone owns this property. Even if the owner has passed, there are procedures to transfer the title to a new owner.
If it is truly abandoned for a decade, usually a tax buyer will purchase the taxes and in time take control of the property.
Start with research on the ownership and history of the property through a title search.
The county tax office website will probably be your first stop to find out if the taxes are current and who is paying them. If someone is paying the taxes then its not "abandoned"