If you're edits are in Lightroom, you WILL be able to fix this.
Most likely what has happened is that you have (accidentally?) imported the file twice, once with the COPY option, and so Lightroom thinks the file is where you accidentally copied it to. If you search your entire catalog for this file name, you ought to find two copies of this image, one which is missing but has your edits and one which is NOT missing and has no edits.
Before we continue, confirm that this is the case. Search your entire catalog by performing all four of these steps:
- Click on All Photographs
- Expand all Stacks
- Turn off Filters
- search by file name using the Filter Bar
I did not move files, I did not change storage, and I did not shut down abnormally.
While I would like not to contradict you, Lightroom says you did one of these things.
Well, nothing was moved. However, I searched for the missing files and that crated a catalogue of the items. Searched for those and verified that they were not on the drive. After a test "removal" of an image (to ensure that the original file would not be removed or deleted) I proceeded to remove all of the files. Returning to the subfolder with the original files, all of the edits suddenly populated the folder.
So, again, nothing was moved. Strange behavior but all worked out.