If your mortgage lender foreclosed in 2008, and your credit report does not reflect a FC derrogatory for this lender's line item, then it is unlikely they will ever report it. Did you have a BK during the life of the loan? That would prevent them from reporting any further info n the loan following a BK discharge.
Yes it would also show up in the public records. Go to the County Recorder or contact a local attorney and have a title search run on the property. If they foreclosed there should be a Notice of Default, Notice of Sale and Trustee's Deed Upon Sale all of record in that general time period.