Thanks camfindlay, I'll look into that database connect - that makes sense (not connecting to the correct database). I'm not familiar with the way SilverStripe handles the database details, as far as the ss_environment vs mysite/_config files, but I'll take a look. I sincerely appreciate your time.
Yep - I took a peek at the data and it mimics the default page's default menu, as if the site's database was wiped. I was able to use the default login.
There's no backups to replace the DB before the crash.