Currently Being ModeratedNov 24, 2012 2:45 PM (in response to richard.butterwick)
iCloud is designed to sync, so you make a change in one place and other the other places are changed to match.
Sounds like your contacts are gone from iCloud. Any chance you have it synced elswhere, like your computer? Try disconnecting it from the internet and if they are still there, back them up.