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Body of Taylor Anderson found in Japan

JAPAN (MSNBC) - An American family was in mourning Monday after learning that their daughter and sibling, a teacher and lifelong student of Japanese culture, had been found dead in Japan –- the first known American victim of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

A statement from her family:

It is with deep regret that we inform you that earlier this morning we received a call from the US Embassy in Japan that they had found our beloved Taylor's body. We would like to thank all those who's prayers and support have carried us through this crisis. Please continue to pray for all who remain missing and for the people of Japan. We ask that you respect our privacy during this hard time. -The Anderson Family

And from Senator Mark Warner:

"This is not the outcome any of us had hoped for, and our thoughts are with Taylor's family during this especially difficult time. We will continue to provide assistance by working with the Japanese authorities, our State Department and the U.S. military to bring Taylor home." -Senator Mark R. Warner

Taylor Anderson, a 24-year-old from Chesterfield, had lived in Japan since August 2008. She was last seen after the powerful earthquake struck Japan on March 11, riding her bike away from the school where she taught after helping to get her students home.

"It is with deep regret that we inform you that earlier this morning we received a call from the U.S. Embassy in Japan that they had found our beloved Taylor's body," the Anderson family wrote in a statement. "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."

Anderson's family, who had mounted a long-distance search for Anderson, could not immediately be reached for comment.

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