Virginia Resident is First American Tsunami Victim

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    The body of missing English teacher Taylor Anderson was found in Japan.  She was the first American victim of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami there.

    The family of Anderson, a 24-year-old resident of Richmond, Va., released a statement Monday.

    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 that you respect our privacy during this hard time.

    Taylor had been teaching English in Japan since 2008, MSNBC reported.  She was last scene riding her bicycle away from the school where she was an instructor.

    Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnel said Monday, "The discovery of Taylor’s body earlier today brings home to Central Virginia the emotions and impact of these terrible events that we have watched unfold on television."