RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The body of a 24-year-old English teacher from Virginia has been discovered in the wreckage of the Japan tsunami.
Taylor Anderson could be the first known American victim in the Japan disaster as authorities continue the daunting task of finding and identifying almost 13,000 people believed to be missing.
Anderson’s family said in a statement that the U.S. Embassy in Japan called them Monday to tell them she was found in Ishinomaki, a city about 240 miles (390 kilometers) north of Tokyo.
Officials with U.S. Embassy in Japan and the State Department could not immediately confirm whether she is the first known U.S. victim in Japan.
Her parents, Andy and Jean Anderson, said in a statement: “Please continue to pray for all who remain missing and for the people of Japan.”
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