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School praying Taylor Anderson is found in Japan

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – A Chesterfield family got new information today about the search for their missing daughter in Japan. This is the first day since the quake that Japanese police have been able to get to the area where Taylor Anderson was last seen. The news comes on the same day two hundred Richmond students came together in prayer for the missing teacher. 

Taylor Anderson graduated from Saint Catherine's school in 2004. Educator Dorothy White knew she would sparkle. 

"She's very fondly remembered as being scholarly, focused, and ready to go do something in the world," White said. 

Today, the teacher who watched her grow rallied students in prayer. Kristen Wolenberg learned to play piano with Taylor. 

"She'd be so grateful for this. And, I really hope all these efforts, and getting the media and the word out, really helps," said Wolenberg. 

This afternoon there was an update from the U.S. Consulate. Taylor was last seen after the earthquake, but before the tsunami. She was teaching English to children in an area about 50 miles north of Sendai.  She was biking home and would have had 10-15 minutes before the tsunami hit. 

The Anderson family is glued to their home computers--- their connection to help overseas. Dorothy is also reaching out for help. 

"St. Catherine's has really got a wonderful network of alumni. And what is happening is they're contacting the school with all kinds of contacts in and near Japan!" White said. 

Believing in the power of prayer, students are now eagerly waiting for promising news. 

"I just want her to be safe and home...on a plane just coming back to Richmond," Wolenberg said. 

According to the consulate today was the first time Japanese police were able to reach some parts of Taylor's community. All of the consulate's resources are being used to locate Taylor. 

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