[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2011/WORLD/asiapcf/03/21/japan.disaster.us.death/story.taylor.anderson.family.jpg caption="Taylor Anderson, 24, had been missing since the tsunami struck earlier this month. " width=300 height=169]
CNN Wire Staff
(CNN) - An American woman teaching English in Japan has been found dead, her family said Monday.
Taylor Anderson, 24, had been missing since the tsunami struck earlier this month. She'd been teaching in Ishinomaki, Japan for the last three years, according to her parents.
Ishinomaki, a city in Miyagi Prefecture, was hit hard by the 9.0-magnitude earthquake and tsunami.
The disaster has killed more than 8,800 people and left close to 13,000 missing, many of them killed as a wall of water rushed in following the quake.
"We would like to thank all those whose prayers and support have carried us through this crisis. Please continue to pray for all who remain missing and for the people of Japan," her family said.
The oldest of three children, Anderson was a native of Virginia. Her parents said she loved Japan, the culture and children.
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