ROSS Barton packed his bags and left the village as the heat from the Emma Barton murder investigation becomes too much.
The Emmerdale favourite has been under suspicion for the murder of his mum Emma – along with several other village residents.
The episode saw his brother Pete, played by Anthony Quinlan, accuse Ross of knowing about Emma’s crime before she was killed, leaving Ross feeling uneasy about his lie.
And in Wednesday’s instalment, the pressure became too much for the mechanic and he packed his bags.
Catching him in the act, Pete tries to convince him to stay, telling his sibling: “If this is about yesterday then I’m sorry, but I do believe you.”
With Ross insisting that he didn’t know about Emma killing their dad ahead of her murder, Pete told him that running away would look suspicious.
However, his brother wasn’t having any of it, insisting that he’s not sticking around with so many accusations flying around.
In one last ditch effort to change Ross’ mind, Pete then told him to think about his son Moses, who he’d be leaving behind.
But Ross had a response to this too, telling Pete: “I’d never thought I’d say this, but for once, he is better off with Charity.”
With this, he then left the house – but does Ross really have something to hide?
Either way, his actions could soon land him in trouble after Adam Barton decides to call the police.
After realising that Ross had done a runner, a furious Adam is convinced more than ever that Ross is guilty and tried to frame him to the murder.
Adam recently found Emma’s suicide note in his car, but hid it from the police as he suspected someone was trying to frame him for Emma's death – and was quick to point the finger at his half-brother.