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March 21st, 2011
07:00 PM ET

American teacher found dead in Japan

Taylor Anderson, 24, had been missing since the tsunami struck earlier this month.

Taylor Anderson, 24, had been missing since the tsunami struck earlier this month.

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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soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. veronique

    my thought and prayers are with the Anderson family, i am sorry for your loss.

    March 21, 2011 at 11:22 pm |
  2. Meistra Budiasa

    This proves that the nuclear power is dangerous

    March 21, 2011 at 10:52 pm |
  3. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    That's so horrible shock I have bad news...... My heart goes to her parents & families.... I felt their pain so grief for them.... My prayers & thoughts with them! 😦

    March 21, 2011 at 7:25 pm |