By NEMS Daily Journal
ABERDEEN – Complications from a gunshot wound to the abdomen is the cause of death of Stephen Lynn Cronk, a registered sex offender whose body was found in Monroe County on Friday.
An autopsy performed over the weekend confirmed the cause of death, and Monroe County Coroner Alan Gurley said Cronk likely would have survived had he sought medical treatment.
Cronk was in Aberdeen following an alleged kidnapping that began in metro Nashville on Wednesday.
According to the Aberdeen Police Department, Cronk, 58, held an 18-year-old woman at gunpoint at a Kangaroo gas station in Mt. Juliet, Tenn. Both were from Gallatin, Tenn.
He allegedly took her phone, tied her up, taped her hands and drove toward Alabama on Highway 45. According to the police report, Cronk checked into the Best Western in Aberdeen at 10:16 p.m. Wednesday.
According to the victim’s statement to police, after Cronk attempted to sexually assault her, she shot him in the abdomen with his gun – a 32-caliber semi-automatic – and then hid in the bathroom. The Aberdeen police responded to the hotel about 12:30 a.m. Thursday.
Monroe County Sheriff’s deputies found Cronk dead in his Nissan Frontier around 6 a.m. Friday in the south parking lot of Crossroads Shell.