Hours before Jerry's arrival in Denver, his daughter - who had power of attorney at the time - put him on that one-way flight from Fort Myers. She intended for her father to live with his wife, Jackie Ellingsen of Highlands Ranch.
Police records show Pamela didn't give much warning to Jackie that Jerry was coming to Colorado.
Twenty four hours before the flight, police records show Pamela texted Jerry's wife in part, "my dad and Corky (the dog) will arrive on a flight in Denver tomorrow afternoon."
Police tracked down his estranged wife over the phone. She still refused to pick up her husband.
"I have no use for him. I mean a man that wants to kill me, come on. I don't want to live with him," Jackie said to a Denver police detective during a recorded phone call.
She shared with police another text message she received from Pamela that said in part, "If you need to drop my dad at a homeless shelter, it's fine. I just want him to have a roof over his head. Please."
According to the police report, Jackie agreed to take care of Jerry's dog, Corky, but would not agree to take her husband home.
Police had Jerry taken to University of Colorado Hospital. It was their only option.
Jerry Ellingsen among 113 at-risk adults stranded in September
Jerry's story sparked 9Wants to Know's investigation into at-risk adults who end up languishing in hospitals because they have no family to take care of them or a facility willing to take them in due to a lack of space, finances, or appropriate scope of care.
Laws require hospitals to keep admitted at-risk adults who've been abandoned until caseworkers can find safe placement for them, which can lead to extended stays for months and even years.
9Wants to Know conducted a point-in-time survey with the help of the Colorado Hospital Association because hospitals do not keep track of stays by people like Jerry.
Nineteen metro area hospitals participated in the survey, which revealed on a single day in September 113 at-risk adults were stuck in the system, beyond medical necessity.
Of those patients, about 30 percent had mental health issues like Alzheimer's and dementia. Most of the stranded people were men over 40 years old.
The longest stay among them was 577 days.
"I think 113 is pretty significant. I mean these are individuals who don't have to be in a hospital setting," said Amber Burkhart of the Colorado Hospital Association. "This is a system-wide failure and we can't fault any one individual for the failure of our system as a whole."