Body found on Beltway shoulder

Montgomery County detectives are investigating what police called a “suspicious death” Tuesday after a man’s body was found on the right shoulder of the Capital Beltway in Silver Spring.

County police were called to the scene at 9:22 a.m., said Angela Cruz, a police spokeswoman. Police said the body was not inside a car and was on the right side of the inner loop, between the Georgia Avenue and Colesville Road exits. As of 4 p.m., investigators still did not know the identity of the victim.

Police declined to comment on what kind of injuries the man may have suffered.

— Dan Morse

McAuliffe to keep health secretary

Gov.-elect Terry McAuliffe will keep Gov. Robert F. McDonnell’s health secretary on, a choice that could help the new governor sell Medicaid expansion to wary Republicans but that also infuriates some abortion-rights activists.

McAuliffe (D) will announce Wednesday that he will reappoint William A. Hazel Jr., an orthopedic surgeon from Northern Virginia who served as secretary of health and human resources under McDonnell (R), two people familiar with the decision said. The two spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to announce his selection.

As a highly regarded health-policy expert and holdover from a GOP administration, Hazel could be a big asset to McAuliffe in the uphill battle that is his top priority: persuading House Republicans to expand Medicaid under the federal health-care law known informally as Obamacare.

But the move is likely to anger some of the abortion-rights activists who helped propel McAuliffe to victory in November over Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II (R). Throughout his campaign, McAuliffe pressed the theme that Cuccinelli and other Republicans had waged a “war on women.”

— Laura Vozzella

Police seeking help
in solving Kirby death

For the second time since transportation planner Ronald Kirby was found fatally shot in his home Nov. 11, Alexandria police are asking for help in solving what appears to be a complete mystery.

This is “a plea, if you will, for an assistance from anybody in the community who may have known Mr. Kirby, particularly in the past four to six weeks of his life,” Police Chief Earl Cook said at a news conference Tuesday, announcing a reward fund for information about Kirby’s death.

— Rachel Weiner