He doesn't know why it works. He just knows it does. It's not witchcraft. It's not black magic, or "the work of the devil." He does it with respect, out of respect for those who have gone on before him ... those who are lying in graves unmarked for one reason or another.
Tom Corey of McCook "dowses" for graves because of his interest in genealogy and history, and because of his respect for the lives and sacrifices of his ancestors.
On a Wednesday afternoon before Memorial Day, Tom and his wife, Nancy, located unmarked graves at Boxelder Cemetery, the small pioneer cemetery northeast of McCook that Boy Scout Troop 147 is cleaning up. "You're gonna find unmarked graves," Corey said. "It's unfortunate."
You can read the full story about Tom Corey's "Dowsing for the Dead" on the McCook (Nebraska) Daily Gazette web site at http://www.mccookgazette.com/story/1097368.html