Taylor Anderson is first U.S. victim in Japan

Taylor Anderson, 24, was found dead in Japan after she had been missing for several days following a tsunami and earthquake. CBS

Among the dead in Japan is the first known American victim, 24-year-old Taylor Anderson.

Anderson, an English teacher from Midlothian, Va., was part of a teacher exchange and was due to return home in August.

American teacher found dead in Japan

She was last seen on her bike in the seaside city of Ishinomaki - about 50 miles northeast of the quake's epicenter - after making sure her students had been picked up.

On "The Early Show" co-anchor Jeff Glor reported Anderson's parents have released a statement saying, "Please continue to pray for all who remain missing and for the people of Japan."

Four days after the tsunami struck, Anderson's parents were initially told their daughter was found alive. Later that day, however, the Andersons were told by the organization Taylor works for, JET, the Japan Exchange Teaching program, that an error had been made and Taylor's whereabouts were unknown. Taylor's parents were notified Monday of her death by the U.S. Embassy in Japan.

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